Variety says Hardy would play “a disgraced lawyer who is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders” in the story’s Stalin-era Soviet Union. Curiously, this differs a bit with the book’s official synopsis, which focuses on a Soviet State security agent name Leo Demidov, the hero of a trilogy of novels written by Smith. The plot, though, is about the same, with a series of child murders that Demidov must solve.
Tough guy screenwriter Richard Price (“Clockers”, and more recently, TV’s “The Wire” and “NYC 22”) will adapt the novel for Summit and Lionsgate.
“Child 44” will have to wait until Hardy finishes up the Dennis Lehane-penned crime drama “Animal Rescue” with Noomi Rapace, though. Besides that title, the man who broke Batman in “The Dark Knight Rises” also has George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” on the way, and that movie alone should take up a lot of time to promote.
Ridley Scott is producing the film through his Scott Free banner.
Looks like Noomi Rapace liked working with Hardy so much on “Animal Rescue” she’s decided to double down. THR has the actress also in talks to join Hardy in “Child 44”, playing his wife.