Before announcing an time off away from acting, actor Ryan Gosling made headlines with an upcoming role in the latest action drama from director Nicolas Winding Refn, Only God Forgives. For months, fans were left to be satisfied with a 20 second teaser promo for the film, along with a synopsis and just a few recent photos featuring Gosling, as well as actress Kristen Scott Thomas, and actor Vithaya Pansringarm.
Today, the film has unveiled its first red band trailer, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies. You can also view the trailer on Youtube
Ten years ago in Bangkok Julian killed a cop and went on the run. Now he manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. Respected in the criminal underworld, deep inside, he feels empty.
When Julian’s brother kills a prostitute, the police reaches out to retired cop Chang, known as the Angel of Vengeance. Chang allows the father to kill his daughters murderer, then restores order by chopping off the man’s right hand.
Julian’s mother Jenna, the head of a powerful criminal organization, arrives in Bangkok to collect her son’s body. She orders Julian to find his killers and raise hell.
Increasingly obsessed with the Angel of Vengeance, Julian challenges him to a boxing match, hoping that by defeating him he might find spiritual release but Chang triumphs. A furious Jenna plots revenge and the stage is set for a bloody journey through betrayal and vengeance towards a final confrontation and the possibility of redemption.
ONLY GOD FORGIVES will be distributed through Radius-TWC for the U.S., while Lionsgate UK will handle U.K. distribution. The film has been confirmed to premiere in Cannes this May.
Stay tuned for details.