Ryan Gosling continues to fill out the cast of his upcoming directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, as yet another impressive actor has joined the ensemble. It was announced today that Saoirse Ronan is signing on to the project, with the cast now including Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith (Doctor Who), and Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly). Details regarding most of the characters are unknown at this time, but Gosling wrote the script and will direct the film, which is described as a modern day fairytale.
Ronan has been nabbing some high profile projects as of late, and she’ll next be seen as the lead in director Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer sci-fi novel The Host in March. She’s currently filming Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and will also lead Mary Queen of Scots. Hit the jump for more details on How to Catch a Monster.
In How to Catch a Monster, Hendricks takes on the lead role of Billy, a single mother of two, who is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son, Bones, 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. This is a promisingly ambitious story for Gosling’s first time as a director, and I’m eager to see how the film turns out. Production begins this May in Detroit. Read the full press release below.
Los Angeles, CA – February 9, 2013 – Academy Award® nominee Saoirse Ronan has come aboard Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER. She joins additional new cast members Matt Smith, Eva Mendes, and Ben Mendelsohn. Christina Hendricks will star in this modern fantasy-drama, based on a script by Gosling that will begin principal photography this May in Detroit.
Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are producing the film on behalf of Marc Platt Productions, along with Gosling via his Phantasma Films banner, and Michel Litvak and David Lancaster via the Bold Films banner. Sierra/Affinity is overseeing international sales for the film which is available to buyers at this year’s European Film Market.
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, Bones, 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 marks Gosling’s first time writing and directing a feature film. Gosling is an Oscar® nominated actor having starred in films including THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, DRIVE, LARS AND THE REAL GIRL and HALF NELSON for which he received his Academy Award® nomination.
Best known for her roles in ATONEMENT and HANNA, Ronan will next be seen starring in THE HOST and HOW I LIVE NOW. She is currently in production on Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and next stars in Working Title’s MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS.
Smith most recently starred in the BBC One series Doctor Who.
Mendes most recently starred alongside Gosling and Bradley Cooper in the upcoming crime drama A PLACE BEYOND THE PINES.
Mendelsohn’s recent work includes a role in Christopher Nolan’s 2012’s summer blockbuster, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.
Ronan is represented by CAA and Macfarlane Chard. Mendes and Mendelsohn are represented by CAA. Smith is represented by UTA.