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Jason Clarke and Tom Hardy Take on Another Dark Era in Soviet-Era Thriller 'Child 44'

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Jul 12, 2013 | 12:46pm EDT

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Boasting the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman, the cast of Child 44 is already quite impressive, and now it's about to become even more so. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jason Clarke is in talks to sign on to the Soviet-era thriller. The Zero Dark Thirty star has had quite a breakout year, appearing in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby and this summer's blockbuster action White House Down. This Child 44 role promises to keep the buzz surrounding the actor alive. 

Child 44 tells the story of a Soviet military policeman (played by Tom Hardy, beside whom Clarke starred in Lawless) who investigates serial killer crimes after the government chooses to ignore a number of child murders. As he continues this work, however, the government begins to suspect that he is the culprit in question. The film is directed by Swedish filmmaker Daniel Espinosa, and producers include Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer. Clarke is in talks to play a character named Brodsky, who is accused by Hardy of being a traitor.

Production on Child 44 began in June in Prague, and the film is slated for a late 2014 release.

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