A batch of new images featuring a battered and bruised Ryan Gosling in director Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives has gone online. Gosling stars as a man who’s been living in exile in Bangkok for the past ten years after killing a cop. He manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation and finds himself in hot water after his brother is killed for murdering a prostitute. The boys’ mother arrives in Bangkok to collect her son’s body and instructs Gosling to take revenge and “raise hell.” For fans of Gosling and Refn’s previous collaboration, Drive, this premise should induce a fair amount of anticipation.
The images show a beat-up Gosling pulling off “battered dapper” in his suit, but some footage was shown at the Cannes Film Festival last week and we’ve got a brief description of what went down as well. Hit the jump to check out the images and footage description.
First we’ll get to the footage. Quint over at AICN notes that while Only God Forgives isn’t a sequel to Drive, “it feels like a shared universe.” He continued:
“There are a few Drive touchstones in the footage: long tracking shots, liberal use of neon lighting (in this case purple and green) and a silent, but violent Ryan Gosling. The footage opened with a long dolly shot down a dark and exotic hallway, overlaid with titles in a foreign language I’m pretty sure was Thai.”
Quint goes on to describe in detail the footage they saw, including Gosling sticking his hand in a guy’s mouth and dragging him down a hall by his jaw. Refn himself described the project as a thriller produced as a Western set in the Far East, with a modern cowboy hero. An interesting mash-up of genres to be sure, but it sounds like we’re in for another brutal Gosling/Refn team up and I couldn’t be more excited.