Ryan Gosling looks tough in the first image from Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives

DRIVE was easily my favorite movie of 2011, so my man-crush on star Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn is in full swing.  If you were as impressed with the film as I was, then you’ll be happy to know that the dynamic duo have a few films in the pipeline and have already started filming  ONLY GOD FORGIVES and you can see the first pic below.  The synopsis gets me all tingly inside, but I don’t think I can do it justice by paraphrasing, so here’s the synopsis from Wild Bunch:

Bangkok.  Ten years ago Julian killed a cop and went on the run.  Now he manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. Respected in the criminal underworld, deep inside, he feels empty. When Julian’s brother murders a prostitute the police call on retired cop Chang – the Angel of Vengeance.  Chang allows the father to kill his daughter’s murderer, then ‘restores order’ by chopping off the man’s right hand.

Julian’s mother Jenna – the head of a powerful criminal organization – arrives in Bangkok to collect her son’s body. She dispatches Julian to find his killers and ‘raise hell’.  Increasingly obsessed with the Angel of Vengeance, Julian challenges him to a boxing match, hoping that by defeating him he might find spiritual release… but Chang triumphs. A furious Jenna plots revenge and the stage is set for a bloody journey through betrayal and vengeance towards a final confrontation and the possibility of redemption.

Ryan Gosling will play Julian and Kristen Scott Thomas will play his mother.  The film might hit the fall festival circuit, but I’m guessing we won’t see this until next year’s Cannes, where DRIVE found so much success.  But the film was recently picked up by The Weinsein’s offshoot Radius, so they could push it earlier if they think it could find awards success.

Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives

Source: Playlist

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

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