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Hey Girl, Ryan Gosling Making Directorial Debut With Fantasy Noir

Ryan Gosling has chosen the fantasy noir How to Catch a Monster as his directorial debut, and he’s picked his Drive co-star Christina Hendricks to play the leading role.

Gosling also wrote the script, and will produce through his production company Phantasma. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel of Marc Platt Productions (both producers for Drive) and Michel Litvak and David Lancaster of Bold Films (the company financing the film) will also act as producers.

“I am very appreciative to Marc Platt, Adam Siegel and Bold Films for being so supportive, and I look forward to making this film with all of them,” Gosling said in a press release (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Litvak added, “We have a tremendous amount of trust and confidence in Ryan, Christina, Marc and Adam, both personally and professionally. 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.”

How to Catch a Monster “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.”

The plan is to sell the flick at the Toronto International Film Festival and have it start filming in the spring. No word yet if Gosling will also take a role in the project or what this means for Logan’s Run.

This film is as exciting an opportunity for Hendricks as it is for Gosling. The Mad Men star has been picking great roles that push her as an actress while not pigeonholing her as a sex symbol. It’s also great to know that she and Gosling created a good relationship coming out of Drive since he, you know, blew her head to smithereens with a shotgun in that movie.

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