To simply summarize the story of Drive is to entirely miss so much of what makes the film special. We've all seen films involving getaway drivers before, so when you hear that Ryan Gosling plays a stuntdriver/mechanic/aspiring racer who occasionally moonlights as a wheelman and inevitably gets into a dangerous situation, you're not liable to be terrible impressed. The film is executed with incredible style, featuring moments that are pretty much iconic and surprisingly soulful characters. Like the international poster before it, a new domestic poster for the film puts Gosling's unnamed hero front and center, right where he's supposed to be. And this time he's even behind the wheel, toying with his signature toothpick.
The poster comes from the good folks over at Apple.
Nicolas Winding Refn, the Danish director behind Bronson, Pusher, and Valhalla Rising, makes his American debut with Drive. And what an auspicious debut it is. The director will reteam with Gosling for Only God Forgives, and the duo are slowly but surely developing a new Logan's Run for producer Joel Silver at Warner Bros.
Drive is adapted from the James Sallis crime novel, with a screenplay by Hossein Amini. Carey Mulligan plays the female lead and Christina Hendricks is on the action, while certified badasses Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac, and even Albert Brooks play supporting roles. The film hits theaters nationwide on September 16th.