The Nice Guys trailer: Who knew Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling were this funny?

Crowe and Gosling forge an unlikely comedy double-act in Shane Black’s latest.

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are about to cement themselves as an unlikely comedy double-act with their latest film The Nice Guys.

The new trailer for the action-comedy, available to watch above, shows the pair team up in the latest offering from Lethal Weapon creator Shane Black.

Set in 1970s Los Angeles, The Nice Guys sees Gosling play down-and-out private eye Holland March as he unites with Crowe’s tough guy enforcer Jackson Healy. The pair are thrown together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star.

Diving deeper into LA’s murky underworld they soon begin to unravel a conspiracy that stretches right through to the upper circles of power.

All this sounds a little bit Chinatown serious, but with Black also behind Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 expect him to bring a dose of dark comedy and fizzing dialogue to the action.

Crowe and Gosling’s bid to be the new Riggs and Murtaugh seems to be shaping up nicely, too.

Though neither man would normally be described as a barrel of laughs, they’ve slowly been testing out their comedy credentials on the awards circuit.

Back in 2015 Gosling hilariously gate-crashed Crowe’s speech at Australia’s AACTA ceremony, while this year’s Academy Awards saw the pair get in a mix-up about the number of Oscars they both had (for the record: Gosling is yet to win one).

They’re in good company in terms of the cast. The impressive line-up of stars includes Magic Mike’s Matt Bomer, The Leftovers star Margaret Qualley and Kim Basinger.

The Nice Guys will be released on May 20 in the US and June 3 in the UK.

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