Matt Smith Wants You To Look At His Muscles In This First Lost River Clip

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Ryan Gosling is one of the most recognizable movie stars in the world, but his next venture has him stepping behind the camera. His directorial debut, Lost River—formerly titled How to Catch a Monster—is set to debut soon at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and while we’ll have to wait until later this week for the reviews to start rolling in, the film has released it’s first clip. The footage features stars Matt Smith, in his first big post-Doctor Who role, and Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the criminally underseen The Fades), and it is unusual to say the least.

Gosling’s dreamy, surreal style has been described as a synthesis between Drive director Nicholas Winding Refn and Blue Valentine helmer Derek Cianfrance. These influences make sense because he has worked with both recently, and they’re not bad dudes to learn from. A statement the fledgling director released also confirms these influences. He says, “I wanted to make this film because it’s a movie that I would want to see. Like many children who grew up in the 1980s, I first approached the cinema through mainstream films. I was excited to shoot this kind of story, but with the language of filmmaker that I’ve acquired through the years.”