Thompson on Hollywood

Has Christmas come early? Blue Valentine writer-director Derek Cianfrance's cast for The Place Beyond the Pines just keeps getting better.

Beyond Ryan Gosling's return (as a motorcycle driver/bank robber), the cast includes Bradley Cooper (cop turned politician), Eva Mendes (Gosling's baby-mama/love interest), Greta Gerwig Rose Byrne (Cooper's wife), Ben Mendelsohn (mechanic/criminal role-model for Gosling) and now Ray Liotta (a corrupt police officer). Cianfrance's co-writer, Ben Coccio, has described the tone of the film as similar to The Deer Hunter and The Godfather. Cianfrance says: "It’s kind of a crime movie and it takes place over a couple of generations, and it’s definitely very epic in scope. I’m super pumped about doing it"...

Here are more details on the cast and synopsis for this father-son-epic-crime-movie, and ThePlaylist's rundown. Lensing starts in July. Sidney Kimmel Entertainment is financing with Sierra/Affinity handling the foreign sales. CAA/WME are co-representing.

For those not familliar with Mendelsohn, check out our interviews with the Australian actor's Animal Kingdom director, David Michod, and co-star, Jacki Weaver, who both sing his praises.

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