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Philip Seymour Hoffman is, quite simply, one of the very best actors that we have. Not only does he fully encapsulate absolutely every single role he takes on (with one Oscar and four other nominations to show for it), he also happens to be quite adept at selecting the projects and filmmakers he wants to work with, from Paul Thomas Anderson and Spike Lee to Bennett Miller and George Clooney. He elevates the movies that he chooses, and his name is one you can put stock in. It's because of this that we're thrilled to hear about his latest challenge.
Deadline has learned that Hoffman has made a deal to join stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in the upcoming Soviet Union set thriller Child 44. Based on the bestselling novel by Tom Rob Smith and directed by Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa, the story centers on a Soviet military police officer named Leo Demidov (Hardy) who picks up a case involving a string of brutal child murders during the Stalin era. As he begins to dig further and further into the case, he realizes that his government is keeping a sharp eye on every move he makes, and refuses to admit that the killings are actually happening. Unfortunately, the casting report doesn't mention what role the Academy Award winner will be taking on.
The movie, which actually began production earlier this month in Prague, already boasts quite an ensemble, and Hoffman could be seen as the cherry on top. In addition to Hardy and Rapace, the latter playing the leading man's wife, the cast also boasts impressively talented performers like Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman (who worked with Espinosa on both Safe House and the Swedish hit Snabba Cash), Paddy Considine, and Fares Fares. Somewhat surprisingly, this is the first time that Hoffman has worked with any of them.
Coming off of his Oscar nomination for his amazing work in The Master, Hoffman has been missing from theaters in the first half of 2013, but is fixing that issue with two major films coming out in the next six months. First up comes Francis Lawrence's highly- anticipated The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in which the actor will take on the villainous role of Plutarch Heavensbee. Then there's A Most Wanted Man, the latest film from director Anton Corbijn, based on the novel by John le Carre, which actually doesn't currently have a release date. Funny enough, the last le Carre adaptation to be released was 2011's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which boasted Child 44's Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy. So even if the three actors have no other common ground, there's at least one thing that they can all talk about in between takes of the new Russia-set film.
Child 44 will be released by Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment some time in 2014, but doesn't currently have an official release date.