Beating Ryan Gosling’s pretty face to a pulp would essentially be an act of blasphemy, but he’s not looking too pretty in this promo image from Only God Forgives. It suggests that after the blood-soaked Drive, Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn aren’t going for sugar plums and fairies in their latest collaboration.
The film stars Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas, with word coming through that it’s likely to be finished by December, ready for release at some point next year.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Julian (Gosling) lives in exile in Bangkok where he runs a Thai boxing club as a front for the family’s drugs smuggling operation. When Julian’s brother Billy is killed their mother, Jenna (Scott Thomas), arrives in the city. She wants revenge and forces Julian to find the killer. Julian’s contacts in the criminal underworld lead him directly to The Angel of Vengeance, a retired police officer who knows everything and who is both Judge and Punisher. Jenna demands that Julian kill The Angel of Vengeance, an act that will cost him dearly.’
I’m not sure how Gosling does it, but he’s one of the few people who can make being bloodied and half-blinded look sexy. If it’s half as good as Drive we’re in for a treat.