Joel Kinnaman is negotiations to join Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in Child 44, a 1950s Soviet-era thriller being produced by Ridley Scott and Michael Costigan via the Scott Free banner.
If a deal proves successful, the move will reteam Kinnman with the Daniel Espinosa, the director who helmed him in the Swedish breakout Snabba Cash and most recently in the just wrapped Robocop remake.
Child 44 is set during the 1950s and follows a member of the Soviet military police (Hardy) who, while investigating a series of child murders, finds himself the target of his own government’s suspicions.
Kinnaman would play Hardy’s ambitious and murderous nemesis. (Rapace is playing Hardy’s chameleon-like wife.)
Richard Price wrote the script adapting the Tom Rob Smith novel.
Worldview Entertainment is closing in on a deal to co-finance and executive produce the film with Summit Entertainment, and a summer production start is being eyed.
Kinnaman continues to be very much in-demand as the dealmaking occurs a week after he signed on star as Liam Neeson’s son in Warner Bros.’ crime thriller All Nighter, formerly titled Run All Night. He is also reprising his breakout role as a police detective for the third season of AMC’s thriller The Killing, which will shoot later this year.
Kinnaman is repped by UTA, Magnolia Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.