Grim 'Child 44' Posters Featuring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman

Thursday, 26 March 2015 10:07 Written by  iamrogue
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Grim 'Child 44' Posters Featuring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman

Next months' Child 44 has a ridiculously talented cast and as we all know, character posters are a good way to let everybody know just how stacked a cast is.  So naturally, today we have three Child 44 character posters featuring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman, any one of whom can carry a movie on their own.

All three are looking pretty grim on their respective posters, but that's totally appropriate (at least these leave off the tagline "those who seek the truth will be silenced").

Child 44 follows Hardy as Leo Stepanovich Demidov, a war hero, rising star in State Security Force, and true believer in the state despite its hypocrisy and brutality in the final days of Stalin's rule. 

In 1953, though, Leo begins tracking a serial killer who targets children, and his investigation puts him at odds with his superiors, whose official position is to simply deny that the killer exists.  Leo edges ever-closer to becoming an enemy of the state himself, his increasing determination to find the killer leading him to reclaim his humanity from an oppressive machine.

Rapace plays Raisa, Leo's wife and ally in his search, while Oldman appears as General Mikhail Nesterov, who also assists in the hunt for a killer no one's allowed to acknowledge even exists.

The film is based on the novel, the first in a trilogy, by Tom Rob Smith, with Clockers novelist and The Wire writer Richard Price handling the screenplay adaptation. 

Back in 2009, Ridley Scott was planning on directing Child 44.  He's still on board as a producer, but the film is instead directed by Daniel Espinosa, the Swedish Snabba Cash helmer who made his English-language debut in 2012 with Safe House.

Child 44 reunites Espinosa with his Snabba Cash star Joel Kinnaman in a supporting role as Vasili, Leo's rival who staunchly maintains that crime simply doesn't exist in Soviet Russia.

Kinnaman is just one member of a supporting cast that includes Jason Clarke, Dev Patel, Paddy Considine and Vincent Cassel.  This is an ensemble that's even more impressive than these three posters convey.

Child 44 opens nationwide on April 17th, and it ought to provide a grim, grown-up alternative to some of the season's splashier fare.  At the very least, it will slake your Tom Hardy thirst until Mad Max: Fury Road blows the doors off your local multiplex in May.

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