Tom Hardy at Child 44 premiere

Published: Thursday 16th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Tom Hardy is expected at the UK premiere of his latest film tonight – a mystery thriller which will not be shown in Russian cinemas.

The release of Child 44 was scrapped in Russia not long before it was due to open, with the culture ministry saying it made a joint decision with the film’s Russian distributor not to release it after hearing complaints concerning issues such as the “distortion” of historic facts.

Child 44 stars Hardy as secret police agent Leo Demidov in the film set in the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

Culture minister Vladimir Medinsky said the movie cast the Soviet Union as “a sort of Mordor, populated by physically and morally defective sub-humans, a bloodbath on screen involving Orcs and vampires”.

Mordor is the fictional realm in JRR Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings.

Heartthrob Hardy, 37, is set to be joined by his co-star Noomi Rapace at the screening in Leicester Square, central London.

Child 44 is based on Tom Rob Smith’s best-selling novel and also stars Gary Oldman, Charles Dance, Vincent Cassel and Paddy Considine.

When Hardy’s character Demidov uncovers evidence of a serial killer, he must work against the Soviet government to track him down before he strikes again.

Testing Demidov’s loyalty, the State accuses his wife Raisa – played by Rapace – of being a traitor, but he refuses to arrest her and they are exiled from Moscow.

Having lost his status and power, he must find redemption by working with General Mikhail Nesterov – played by Oldman – to find the murderer and stop him once and for all.

Child 44 is released in UK cinemas on Friday.

Published: Thursday 16th April 2015 by The News Editor

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