Variety’s Justin Knoll confirmed via Twitter that the 31-year-old has left the project — which now has Gosling’s Drive director, Nicolas Winding Refn, searching for a new leading man.
While no further context was given surrounding Gosling’s departure, speculation has begun as to the likely factors leading up to the departure.
Gosling is currently ramping up his directorial debut, How To Catch a Monster, for next spring. The Playlist noted that Monster’s demands on the actor’s schedule “put him out of the game for about a year,” and that WB may want to move faster with their sci-fi tentpole.
The Playlist also argues that Gosling’s lack of substantial box-office draw might be a concern for the studio. While popular, Gosling has yet to reach a level where he can open a potential blockbuster. Warner may simply want to move forward with a more bankable star headlining the film.
Of all the potential factors, a falling out between director and star does not seem to be one of them. Gosling recently worked with Refn on Only God Forgives, and Refn recently told The Evening Standard that he is happy to give the first-time director advice if he wants it.
“I told him if he wakes up in sweats at 5 a.m. on the morning of shooting to call me,” Refn said.
The original Logan’s Run, directed by Michael Anderson, was released in 1976. The film focused on a society where no one was allowed to live over the age of 30. A young man named Logan (Michael York) finds himself being hunted when he decides that he wants to live.
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Also, watch the trailer below for his upcoming film Gangster Squad.
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