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A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. As an officer of the military police, Leo Demidov, is one of the most feared men in Stalin's Soviet Union. Leo never questions his patriotic duty until the young son of his friend is found brutally killed and he must deny the accusation of murder despite the evidence. When his beloved wife is then accused of being a traitor, Leo is disgraced and fears for his life. Banished to a work camp, he stumbles across a series of child murders matching the death of his friend's son, Leo begins to track down the murderer and is shocked to find that his connection to it is deeper and more dangerous than he could have ever imagined. official plot version from worldviewent.com
- Tom Hardy would play the Soviet officer, while Noomi Rapace would play his wife, who pretends to be a doting partner but is concealing many thoughts and feelings. Gary Oldman will play the head of police who is acting on those suspicions.
- Ridley Scott was initially planning to direct the film. Swedish filmmaker Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) will now direct.