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Gary Oldman Teaming with Tom Hardy for 'Child 44', a Forever Friendship

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Quickly becoming the new, possibly more-respected Adam Sandler-Rob Schneider in the chlorinated wake of that partnership's dissolution, Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy have arranged to share the screen for the fourth time in the last three years.

Following team-ups in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Lawless, and The Dark Knight Rises, now they'll unite their British powers for Child 44, THR reports, with Oldman signing on to play a Soviet chief of police. Hardy stars as an officer trying to investigate a series of child murders; in the process, he himself falls under the suspicion of his superiors. Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa is directing the film, which also stars Noomi Rapace as Hardy's "chameleon-like wife" and Oldman's RoboCop co-star Joel Kinnaman as "an ambitious and murderous co-worker." So I guess he's probably one actually killing all those kids? (Spoiler.)

Oldman also recently signed on to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and yesterday he turned 55. Hardy probably surprised him with cupcakes.

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