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Watch Tom Hardy in the first trailer for 'Child 44'

Child 44

The first official trailer for the upcoming film Child 44 was released today.

The film, directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), is based on the 2008 book and first novel in author Tom Rob Smith’s trilogy about a disgraced MGB agent Leo Demidov, who investigates a series of horrific child murders during Joseph Stalin’s reign of the Soviet Union.

The movie stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as Demidov, as well as Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Gary Oldman (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Joel Kinnaman (The Killing), and Vincent Cassel (Black Swan).

The official synopsis for the film is:

A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, CHILD 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili (Joel Kinnaman), who insists “There is no crime in Paradise.” Summit Entertainment presents in association with Worldview Entertainment a Scott Free production, a Daniel Espinosa film.

The film opens April 17.