EXCLUSIVE: Eva Mendes is set and Greta Gerwig is in talks to star alongside Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper in The Place Beyond The Pines, a multi-generational crime drama that Blue Valentine’s Derek Cianfrance will direct for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. The drama tracks the tragic consequences of a showdown between a motorcycle rider-turned-bank robber (Gosling) and a cop-turned-politician (Cooper). Mendes will play the robber’s love interest and mother of his child, and Gerwig is in talks to play the politician’s wife.The film begins production next month. Mendes most recently starred in Last Night and The Other Guys while Gerwig starred in Arthur and Greenberg and has just begun shooting Lola Versus, the Daryl Wein-directed Fox Searchlight comedy that also stars The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman.
Kimmel, Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky and Jamie Patricof will produce. SKE’s Jim Tauber and Matt Berenson will be exec producers. Howell, Orlovsky and Patricof teamed on Blue Valentine. Cianfrance wrote The Place Beyond the Pines with Ben Coccio. Sierra/Affinity’s Nick Meyer is selling foreign.