Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' Will Get Limited Release

'Lost River,' Ryan Gosling (Un Certain Regard)
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The actor’s highly anticipated writing and directing debut -- previously known as How to Catch a Monster -- was picked up by Warner Bros. for U.S. distribution ahead of its Cannes premiere. Shot in Detroit, the fantasy drama features Gosling’s Drive co-star Christina Hendricks as a single mother swept into a dark underworld. Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes and Matt Smith also star. Gosling has been a frequent Cannes visitor, most recently with last year’s Only God Forgives. (Sales: Sierra/Affinity)

Warner Bros. will release the film, starring Christina Hendricks and Saoirse Ronan

Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River will hit theaters after all.

Warner Bros. has confirmed plans for a limited release of the film, which stars Christina Hendricks and Saoirse Ronan. Variety incorrectly reported on Monday that the film would be released only on VOD.

Warner Bros., which acquired Lost River at the Cannes Film Festival in May, will release the film in theaters in New York and L.A. in the second quarter, with a day and date release on digital platforms.

Lost River, which Gosling also wrote, centers on a single mother (Hendricks) who enters a dreamlike world while her son struggles to make ends meet and survive. The film was met with mixed reactions at Cannes. THR's film critic Todd McCarthy wrote: "As beautifully presented as the imagery is, however, none of it registers deeply because it all seems like borrowed goods. It's flashy enough to engage the eye, but the experience is akin to flipping through a gorgeous art photography book featuring an assortment of artists rather than one."

Also starring Matt Smith and Eva Mendes, Lost River was produced by Marc Platt Productions, Bold Films and Phantasma.