Gary Oldman is signing on to join Tom Hardy in Child 44, a 1950s Soviet-era thriller being produced by Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer via the Scott Free banner. Lionsgate is distributing.
Daniel Espinosa is directing the thriller, which is set during the 1950s and follows a member of the Soviet military police (Hardy) who, while investigating a series of child murders, finds himself the target of his own government’s suspicions.
In what should prove to be a meaty role, Oldman will play the head of police who is acting on those suspicions.
Noomi Rapace is playing Hardy’s chameleon-like wife while Joel Kinnaman is playing an ambitious and murderous co-worker.
Richard Price wrote the script adapting the Tom Rob Smith novel.
Worldview Entertainment will co-finance and executive produce the film with Summit Entertainment. Elishia Holmes is exec producing as is Douglas Urbanski. A June 10 production start is being eyed.
The in-demand Oldman continues his hot streak. The Child 44 dealmaking comes just weeks after the actor landed a major role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and on the heels of wrapping up shooting MGM's remake of Robocop.
The actor is repped by manager Urbanski, APA, and Loeb and Loeb.