Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace in Talks for Soviet Thriller

Ridley Scott will produce the movie from Tom Rob Smith's novel "Child 44", which Daniel Espinosa will direct

Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace are in talks to star in “Child 44,” a thriller that Ridley Scott and Michael Costigan are producing for Scott Free Productions, individuals with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap. “Safe House” filmmaker Daniel Espinosa will direct from a script by Richard Price, who is adapting Tom Rob Smith’s novel.

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Set in Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union, the story follows Leo Demidov, a disgraced intelligence agent investigating a series of child murders. The paranoid Soviet government then becomes suspicious of his investigation.

The book, the first in a trilogy, is based on the true story of Ukrainian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo.

Hardy will play the officer and Rapace his wife.

The actors will first shoot “Animal Rescue,” a drama that Michael Roskam is directing for Fox Searchlight. Hardy, fresh off a year in big films such as 'The Dark Knight Rises," just wrapped “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Rapace, who appeared in 2012's "Prometheus," will next be seen in “Dead Man Down.”