Ryan Gosling to Direct Christina Hendricks in 'How to Catch a Monster'

August 29, 2012
Source: STYD

Christina Hendricks and Ryan Gosling

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.

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Christina Hendricks knows how to catch a monster. She already has two of them.

violet1780 on Aug 29, 2012


How did I know you were going to say that.

Why? on Aug 29, 2012


Wasn't it Carey Mulligan in Drive, not Christina Hendricks? Or was she in it too?

Greg dinskisk on Aug 29, 2012


They're both in it! Didn't you see Drive? Mulligan is the main girl, Hendricks plays a henchman kinda girl, she shows up halfway through. Such a great film.

Alex Billington on Aug 29, 2012


Oh I have, several times, one of my favorites of last year. I don't know how I forgot about her... Whoops. Yep, sorry about that, nevermind!

Greg dinskisk on Aug 29, 2012


No worries. Mine too. Now I want to watch it again!

Alex Billington on Aug 29, 2012


Hahaha I do too now... A little late for me though. Damn.

Greg dinskisk on Aug 29, 2012


Yeah she gots her head blown straight off, what a great movie.

Cody W on Aug 29, 2012


This sounds very interesting. It also does seem like a daring choice for Gosling to pop his cherry as a director

rocky728 on Aug 29, 2012


I'm pretty sure he has 'directed' her already.

ha on Aug 29, 2012


She's not very likeable. I was happy when she was killed in Drive. Even when playing the lead actress i think I'd still dislike her because she has a naturally dislikeable air about her just like Reese Witherspoon.

Bobo_Vision on Aug 30, 2012

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