Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling is currently shooting his second film with DRIVE director Nicolas Winding Refn. The film, entitled ONLY GOD FORGIVES, will feature some martial arts action in the form of Muay Thai on the part of Gosling himself.
Set in Bangkok, Thailand, Gosling plays Julian, a former gangster who operates a Muay Thai gym. When his brother is murdered by a retired Thai police lieutenant, he attempts to avenge his brother’s death by challenging the policeman in a Thai boxing match. Kristen Scott Thomas co-stars in the film as Julian’s mother, who is the head of a criminal organization.
Originally, Luke Evans (NO ONE LIVES) was set to play Julian, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with THE HOBBIT, the prequel to the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. Gosling proved to be an ample leading action star with Refn’s international debut DRIVE. It will be quite interesting to see Gosling, who had trained in Thai boxing prior to filming. In addition, Refn could have the potential to be quite the martial arts filmmaker.
Currently in production, ONLY GOD FORGIVES is scheduled for a late 2012 release.