Ryan Gosling for Bret Easton Ellis & Gaspar Noe's 'Golden Suicides'?
Over two years ago, we learned that American Psycho author and The Informers screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis was working with Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant to adapt The Golden Suicides, a Nancy Jo Sales article from Vanity Fair, about the 2007 double suicide of the artist and socialite couple Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake. However, Van Sant decided not to sit in the director's chair for the film allowing Enter the Void director Gaspar Noe to step up and helm the feature. Now, according to some recent Twitter activity from Ellis, there's a chance that Ryan Gosling could end up starring in the film. Read on.
Before getting into the meat of this casting story, here's a refresher on the demise of this socialite couple:
"Duncan and Blake formed a popular couple on the downtown New York and Venice, California, art scenes. She was one of the first videogame designers for girls, and his 'digital paintings' -- kaleidoscopic images shown on plasma screens -- established him as a rising star on the circuit.
The couple descended into a paranoid spiral when the artists developed a consuming belief that government and religious organizations were conspiring against them. She killed herself in 2007. Blake found her body on the floor of their bedroom, and walked into the Atlantic Ocean a week later, ending his life."
The Playlist has been paying close attention to Ellis' Twitter feed where the author recently updated, "Ryan came to meet Gaspar Noe who is directing The Golden Suicides." And while the connection doesn't necessarily seem to be there to hint at Gosling's casting, our colleagues also point out that Ellis had recently also tweeted, "Ryan Gosling is going to have to wait this year out and then win the Oscar for playing Jeremy Blake in The Golden Suicides."
That definitely sounds like there's at least some serious discussion about Gosling taking a lead role in the project. Of course, the man has two films lined up for 2012 already with Only God Forgives with Nicholas Winding Refn and Lawless with Terrence Malick slated to shoot next year, so here's hoping he has the time to team up with a fantastic auteur like Noe and an iconic author like Ellis for this tragic tale.