Ryan Gosling to Direct Christina Hendricks in 'How to Catch a Monster'
After having one hell of a year in 2011 with stellar performances in The Ides of March, Drive and Crazy Stupid Love, it looks like there's no stopping Ryan Gosling. The actor deserved an Oscar nomination for one out of any of those three performances, but sadly he didn't even get a nod from the Academy. Maybe he'll have a chance at a different Academy award category somtime in the future as Gosling looks to be taking filmmaking into his own hands. Shock Til You Drop has learned that he will make his directorial debut with a new film called How to Catch a Monster starring his Drive co-star Christina Hendricks.
Gosling also wrote the film which, "weaves elements of fantasy noir, and suspense into a modern day fairytale. Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive." Hendricks would take the lead role, but it's not clear if Gosling intends to star himself and follow in the shoes of people like Ben Affleck who star in their own films. The film is coming together quickly with an eye towards hooting in the spring of 2013, which looks to be a banner year for Gosling already.
Gosling was slated to appear in Gangster Squad later this year, but the film has been pushed to January 2013, and the actor is also reteaming with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn for Only God Forgives and an untitled film from Terrence Malick (both expected in 2013 as well). However, select audiences hungry for some Gosling action on the big screen this year will still see Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival next month. Stay tuned for coverage from our own Alex Billington on that front, and pay attention for more updates on all these projects as they come.