Ryan Gosling is making his feature directorial debut with How To Catch a Monster, a film he also wrote and will star in alongside Saoirse Ronan, Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith, Ben Mendelsohn and Rob Zabrecky.
Warner Bros. has just acquired the film which is described as a fantasy thriller in which a single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.
Catch a Monster weaves elements of fantasy noir with suspense to create a modern fairy tale set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city. Hendricks (Mad Men) would play Billy, a single mother of two who is swept into a macabre underworld, while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to a underwater town.
“We have a tremendous amount of trust and confidence in Ryan, Christina, Marc and Adam, both personally and professionally,” Litvak said. “We responded immediately to Ryan’s script and look forward to nurturing the next phase of his career and continuing Bold’s commitment to an artistically collaborative environment.”
Catch a Monster isn’t the only project that Gosling will be attending to in Toronto. Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, headlining the actor, makes its world premiere at the festival. Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes also star in the film, which reunites Gosling with his Blue Valentine director.
Gosling is represented by IFA Talent Agency and Carolyn Govers; Hendricks is represented by CAA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon.