Eva Mendes has been cast while Arthur star Greta Gerwig is in talks to star in Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance's crime drama The Place Beyond The Pines, says Deadline.

The story tracks the "tragic consequences of a showdown between a motorcycle rider-turned-bank robber (Ryan Gosling) and a cop-turned-politician (Bradley Cooper)." Gerwig will apparently play Cooper's wife, while Mendes would be Gosling's other half.

Cianfrance spoke to me just before the Oscars, commenting on how he really wanted to work with Christian Bale. Instead, he's bagged two of the most sought after actors currently in Hollywood - not bad.