"Crazy Stupid Love" may have opened this weekend, but the ever busy Ryan Gosling is already at work on his next film, reteaming with "Blue Valentine" director Derek Cianfrance for the generational grudge drama "The Place Beyond The Pines" -- and the actor is shaking up his image a little bit. Far from the clean cut, GQ dressed lothario that's currently in multiplexes, the actor has gone blonde, got inked and probably hasn't taken a shower for his lead turn in the upcoming film.
Co-starring Bradley Cooper, Greta Gerwig, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn, Ray Liotta, Ali Mahershalalhasbaz, Gabe Fazio, Max Martini and Emory Cohen, the film centers on Luke (Gosling), a motorcycle stunt rider who turns to robbing banks to support his son, but winds up crossing paths with a police officer-turned-politician (Cooper), kicking off a simmering generational feud that will also include their sons (Cohen and DeHaan) who are mixed up in a clash of their own. The director himself has said those who have read the script compared it to "The Deer Hunter" meets "The Godfather" which at the very least promises something ambitiously epic. But we just have one question: who are Handsome Luke & The Hearthrobs as crudely penned on Gosling's motorbike? Maybe he plays in a band on the side? Or more likely, it's the name of his stunt team. Anyway, we'll find out soon enough.
Filming continues in upstate New York and while no release date has been locked just yet, we'd guess that both Gosling and Cianfrance who walked the Croisette this year, will make the return trip in 2012. More pics below. [Just Jared via ONTD]