'Child 44' Director Daniel Espinosa Leaves UTA for WME (Exclusive)

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The Swedish helmer is switching agencies on the heels of the Soviet thriller's release.

Child 44 director Daniel Espinosa has departed UTA for WME, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

The Swedish helmer’s latest movie has taken in just $1.2 million in the U.S. after opening in limited release last month. The thriller stars Tom Hardy as a military cop investigating a series of child murders in the Stalin-era Soviet Union. Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman and Noomi Rapace co-star.

Espinosa, who continues to be managed by Magnolia Entertainment, had been expected to consider an agency change after Child 44 wrapped. He was busy working on the film over the past couple of years as several Magnolia clients, including Kinnaman, Rapace, Rosamund Pike and Rachel McAdams, left UTA. 

Espinosa gained acclaim as the director of 2010 Swedish action drama Snabba Cash, getting named one of the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Directors to Watch. His first American movie, Safe House, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, made $208 million worldwide.