Lionsgate has issued an April 17, 2015 release date for the upcoming thriller Child 44.

The adaptation of Tom Rob Smith's novel will go up against the Disney documentary Monkey Kingdom, Sony's comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Focus Features' Selfless on April 17.

Tom Hardy stars as Leo Demidov, a member of the secret police in Stalinist Russia who is framed by a colleague and sent to a remote outpost. He discovers a string of grisly and mysterious murders as he vows to stop a dangerous serial killer. Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Jason Clarke and Paddy Considine round out the supporting cast.

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Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) is directing from an adapted screenplay by Richard Price (Ransom), with Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Greg Shapiro producing.