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4 book-to-movie adaptations of 2015
Gary Oldman in Child 44 (2015) - photo by Sarah Binghurst
Hollywood has big plans for 2015, and those plans include some great book-to-film adaptations. Here are just a few to keep in mind if you like to read the book before seeing the movie.

"Child 44"

One of the next big adaptations to hit the big screen is the British thriller novel, Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith. Tom Hardy plays Leo Demidov, a disgraced Russian agent determined to solve a series of child murders. Gary Oldman also appears in the film, marking the fifth collaboration of Hardy and Oldman.

Child 44 will be released April 17 and is rated R for violence, some disturbing images, language and a scene of sexuality.

"Far from the Maddening Crowd"

Based on the 19th century novel by Thomas Hardy (not to be confused with the actor previously mentioned), Far from the Maddening Crowd is the story of Bathsheba Everdene and the array of suitors seeking her hand in marriage. As the headstrong and fiercely independent woman, played by the dynamic Carey Mulligan, faces many struggles, she realizes whom she can truly trust and love.

This period drama set in Victorian England is already showing promise with an intriguing trailer and a talented cast that includes Michael Sheen and Matthias Shoenaerts.

Far from the Maddening Crowd is rated PG-13 and will appear in theaters May 1.

"Victor Frankenstein"

Mary Shelleys classic tale will be given new light in this version starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe. The chilling story will be told, not from the determined doctors perspective, but instead from Igor, his assistant. This twist will explore Igors darker origins and provide a front row seat to Dr. Victor Frankensteins twisted experiments.

Victor Frankenstein will be released in theaters Oct. 2 just in time for Halloween.

"The Martian"

The adaptation of the science-fiction novel, The Martian, by Andy Weir, just might be the most interesting, if the production crew can pull it off. Astronaut Mark Watney is a mechanical engineer for a manned mission to Mars, but after a terrible storm on the surface of the planet forces them to return to Earth, Watney is presumed dead and left abandoned on the harsh planet. The Martian boasts an impressive cast including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Sean Bean and Kate Mara.

The Martian has a released date set for Nov. 25.
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