Actor Ryan Gosling is to make his debut as a director with a film called How To Catch A Monster.
Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks will star in the film, which is described as a “modern day fairytale” featuring “elements of fantasy noir and suspense”. Gosling has also written the script.
In a press release, the film’s plot was outlined as follows: “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.”
How To Catch A Monster will be produced by Marc Platt and Adam Siegel, who previously worked with Gosling on 2011’s Drive, an action movie which also starred Hendricks. Gosling’s other film roles include The Notebook, Blue Valentine and Half Nelson, for which he received an Oscar nomination.
How To Catch A Monster will begin shooting next spring (2013), with further casting to be announced shortly. In the meantime, Gosling will be seen on screen in Gangster Squad, an upcoming crime film that also stars Emma Stone and Sean Penn.