Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace certainly seem keen to work together, as a couple of months ago they both signed up to star in Animal Rescue, and now Variety reports the duo are also teaming up for Child 44.
News of the movie first emerged back in 2007 when Ridley Scott was attached to direct. Scott will no longer helm the movie, but is is still planning to produce. Instead Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) will take the director’s chair from a screenplay by Richard Price, adapted from the Tom Rob Smith novel.
The movie is set in 1950s Russia and centres on a former Soviet Police member who investigates a series of child murders but finds himself being targeted by his own government. Tom Hardy will play the Soviet officer, with Noomi Rapace as his wife, who pretends to be the loving partner, but is really concealing her true feelings.
Hardy and Rapace are going to be spending a lot of time together, as the Dennis Lehane adaptation Animal Rescue starts shooting in March, with Child 44 hoping to begin production in Budapest this May.