Only God Forgives is an upcoming crime thriller film written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas. The film was shot on location in Bangkok, Thailand. The film is currently in post-production.
According to a production synopsis, the film follows Julian, who runs a Thai boxing club as a front organization for his family's drug smuggling operation, as he is forced by his mother Jenna to find and kill the individual responsible for his brother's recent death.
- Ryan Gosling as Julian:
- An Englishman who lives in Bangkok and "is a respected figure in the criminal underworld" according to a production synopsis. Gosling was in negotiations to star in the film in June 2011 after Luke Evans dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Gosling had undertaken Muay Thai training in preparation for the role by that September, which included 2–3 hour daily sessions. Refn also participated in the training. Gosling and Refn had recently worked together on the neo-noir crime drama Drive (2011).
- Kristin Scott Thomas as Jenna:
- Julian's mother, who is described in an official logline for the film as "a merciless and terrifying mafia godmother." Scott Thomas was cast by May 2011.
- Tom Burke
- Rathar Phongam (Yaya-Ying)
- Vithaya Pansringarm
- Gordon Brown as Gordon
Refn has said that "[f]rom the beginning, [he] had the idea of a thriller produced as a western, all in the Far East, and with a modern cowboy hero." He originally planned to direct Only God Forgives directly after Valhalla Rising (2009), but he accepted Gosling's request to direct Drive instead. Gosling has described the script of Only God Forgives as "the strangest thing I've ever read and it's only going to get stranger." Like Drive, Only God Forgives was largely shot chronologically and scenes were often edited the day they were shot.
Footage from a scene of the film was screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Refn drew a connection between Only God Forgives and Drive, saying that "[Only God Forgives] is very much a continuation of that language"—"[i]t's based on real emotions, but set in a heightened reality. It's a fairy tale."
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