Last year, Derek Cianfrance earned a whole lot of accolades for Blue Valentine, a drama that devastatingly juxtaposed the sweet beginnings of a relationship with its inevitable deterioration. It's the sort of film that does exactly what it wants to, providing a cinematic approximation of the emotional clusterfuck that accompanies the cessation of a formerly loving relationship. The leads were perfectly played by Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, and for his follow-up,The Place Beyond the Pines, Cianfrance is reteaming with former Mouseketeer Gosling. The first images from the film have made their way online, and they provide the first look at Gosling rocking bleached blond hair, and fellow lead Bradley Cooper getting his run on in a police uniform.
While Gosling just kicked both cheeks of America's ass playing the nameless hero of Drive, in The Place Beyond the Pines, he plays a motorcycle stunt pro who finds himself getting into some sort of criminality in order to provide for his family. Through means that aren't yet clear, this sets him irrevocably into conflict with a cop-turned-politician played by Cooper.
Both of these images debuted at BlackFilm.
While Gosling and Cooper, being the heirs apparent to superstar actor status, headline the film, the rest of the cast includes Ray Liotta, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Bruce Greenwood, and Ben Mendelsohn.
The Place Beyond the Pines does not yet have a set release date, but it's expected to hit some time in 2013.