Ryan Gosling is ready to reteam with his “Drive” and future “Logan’s Run” director Nicolas Winding Refn, as thesp is in negotiations to star in “Only God Forgives” alongside Kristin Scott Thomas.
Set in the worlds of gambling, boxing and prostitution in Bangkok, pic is a revenge story centering on a Thai cop and a British gangster hiding in Thailand.
French shingles Gaumont and Wild Bunch are co-producing and co-financing the project, to which they’ll share international sales rights. Pic will start shooting in November and will be delivered during the second half of 2012.
Luke Evans was initially announced as being in advanced negotiations for the film, but he was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with Peter Jackson’s adaptation of “The Hobbit,” in which Evans will play Bard the Bowman.
Gosling remains set to star in Warner Bros.’ crime pic “The Gangster Squad” and Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines.” Thesp next stars in WB’s “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” due in theaters on July 29, as well as George Clooney’s political drama “The Ides of March,” which Sony will release Oct. 7.
Gosling is repped by IFA Talent Agency and Artist Management.