Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River will not get US cinema release

The film – which stars Matt Smith and Christina Hendricks – attracted a slew of negative reviews when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May

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Ryan Gosling is a man of many talents: acting, moody stares, breaking the internet with the announcement of his first child. But his attempt to add directing to his illustrious repertoire hasn’t exactly gone to plan. 

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The 34-year-old’s directorial debut Lost River (previously titled How to Catch a Monster) was panned following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, labelled “mouth dryingly lousy” and “colossally indulgent” by unimpressed critics. 

And it turns out Warner Bros. who purchased US distribution rights at the festival have listened long and hard, taking the decision not to release the film in American cinemas. 

Lost River – which stars former Doctor Who star Matt Smith alongside Christina Hendricks, Saiorse Ronan, Iain de Caestecker and Gosling’s partner Eva Mendes – will instead be released via home entertainment in April.

There’s still no news on whether the film will receive a theatrical release elsewhere, but for the time being it appears Lost River – about a single mother who discovers a dark underworld while her son finds a secret road leading to an underwater town – is being quietly swept under the carpet.  

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Which means we may never get the chance to see Matt Smith rapping about his muscles on the silver screen. Sigh.