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First 'Only God Forgives' Image Features an Intense Ryan Gosling (Photo)

A close up initial look at the star in a Bangkok reunion with his "Drive" director.

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It's becoming a trend: when Ryan Gosling links up with Nicolas Winding Refn, the end result is going to be intense.

Wild Bunch has debuted on its website the first photo from the Drive team's next film, the Bangkok-set crime thriller Only God Forgives. A close shot of Gosling staring into the distance in front of a blaring red background, it teases the determination his ex-boxer-turned-gangster character Julian must fight with as he works to avenge the death of his brother.

Infused with Muay Thai boxing, which has required Gosling to go through 2-3 hour daily training sessions, the film represents a dream come true for the double 2012 Golden Globe nominee.

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"Ever since I came here I've been dreaming about making a film in Bangkok. I'm happy to be here," he told The Hollywood Reporter in January. Refn agreed, saying, "I love it... Bangkok is one of my favorite cities -- a mixture of everything that's crazy and beautiful."

The pair will also work together on an remake of Logan's Run. US distribution rights for Only God Forgives were just picked up by Radius-TWC, the new Weinstein Company label.

Only God Forgives is one of many projects for Gosling this year; he'll appear with Bradley Cooper in The Place Beyond the Pines for his Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance; will star alongside Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte and Anthony Mackie in The Gangster Squad; and will film one of Terrence Malick's upcoming films, Lawless, with Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett.