This year, Ryan Gosling will step behind the camera for his directorial debut, "How to Catch a Monster," and he's been filling out an impressive cast for his first time out. The latest addition is Saoirse Ronan, who will join an ensemble that already includes Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith, and Ben Mendelsohn.
Details about Ronan's character haven't been revealed, but Hendricks will play a single mother "who is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son, Bones, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town."
Gosling also wrote the film's script, which "weaves elements of fantasy noir, and suspense into a modern day fairytale" that's "set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city."
The concept sounds quite intriguing and ambitious for Gosling's first attempt at directing and should be a project to keep an eye on over the course of the next year or so. With the film set to enter production in May, it may be a while until it's released since it hasn't secured distribution yet.
As such, it may be next year before most audiences catch a glimpse of "How to Catch a Monster." In the meantime, audiences will see plenty of him in front of the camera, as "The Place Beyond the Pines" will be released this year. He's also wrapped up shooting on "Only God Forgives," which reunited him with "Drive" director Nicholas Winding Refn.
Gosling also shot some material for Terence Malick's latest feature, but it's unwise to count on him actually appearing in the final cut considering the enigmatic director's penchant for cutting roles out of a film as it comes together in the editing bay.
Hopefully, Gosling won't pick that habit up form Malick; he's assembled quite an array of talent for "How to Catch a Monster," and it should be interesting to see how he makes the transition to the director's chair.