Tom Hardy Targets Child 44

Noomi Rapace also in talks

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace must be really confident they can work well together. Although they’ve only just signed on to co-star in Animal Rescue, they’re already lining up a second collaboration, entering negotiations for Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44.

Adapted from Tom Rob Smith’s novel by Richard Price (and in development since 2008), Child 44’s plot focuses on Leo Demidov, a disgraced officer in Russia’s secret police framed for treason by a colleague in the 1950s. Despite that pressure, he also gets mixed up investigating a series of gruesome child murders.

Espinosa, who last made Safe House, has been attached to direct the film for Lionsgate/Summit (which plucked the project from turnaround) since last August.

Hardy is in line to play the officer, while Rapace would be his wife – a woman who, while she seems to be a doting partner, is in fact hiding a wealth of conflicted feelings.

Animal Rescue, which boasts Michael R Roskam directing, is set to kick off shooting in March, followed by a trip to Budapest for the Child 44 shoot, which is currently pencilled in for late May.