Hey girl, Ryan Gosling makes his directorial debut with fantasy noir

Actor Ryan Gosling hasn't really tapped into the fantasy or sci-fi genres since moving onto the big screen, nor has he expanded beyond his acting career into fields like directing or screenwriting. Well, all that's about to change.

The Canadian-born Gosling, whose recent credits include acclaimed films like political drama The Ides of March and crime thriller Drive, has written and will make his directorial debut on How to Catch a Monster. Christina Hendricks of Mad Men will star in the film, which is described in its official press release this way:

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.

Gosling is considered one of the finest young actors of his generation and was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Half Nelson. While his early years as a child and teen actor on TV featured roles in shows like Young Hercules and Goosebumps, the only big-screen sci-fi project he's been attached to has been the long-in-development Logan's Run remake (which is still in development, by the way).

Hendricks is best known for playing the voluptuous office manager (and now partner) Joan Harris on Mad Men, and recently voiced Lois Lane for the DC Universe animated movie All-Star Superman.

Production on the movie will tentatively start next spring. Can Gosling bring his trademark intensity on the screen to his duties behind the camera on what sounds like a very cool premise? Let us know what you think ...

(via Deadline)

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