Aussie Jason Clarke is in talks to join the stellar cast of Daniel Espinosa's thriller "Child 44".
Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Fares Fares (whom Clarke worked with in Zero Dark Thirty), "Child 44" is set in the Stalin-era Soviet Union, and tells the story of a disgraced MGB agent who is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders.
The film is based on the thriller novel by Tom Rob Smith, and will be co-financed and produced by Summit Entertainment, Worldview Entertainment, Scott Free Productions.
Clarke has a movie that is currently in cinemas - Roland Emmerich's Action film "White House Down" with Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal.
The Queenslander's career has been rising steadily since 2012's "Lawless," which also starred Tom Hardy.
Clarke's breakout role came that same year in the form of CIA Interrogator Dan, in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" - the film about the hunt for Bin Laden, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Motion picture.
Clarke also has top billing in Matt Reeve's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" with "Child 44" co-star Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and fellow Aussie Kodi Smit-McPhee. The film will be released in 2014.
Clarke also has signed on to star opposite Robert De Niro, Christoph Waltz and Omar Sy in Stephen Gaghan's Crime Thriller "Candy Store," which tells the story of an undercover agent who begins a new life as beat cop in Brooklyn, but finds that his past life comes back to haunt him.