The Oscar-nominated thesp, Ryan Gosling will be launching his directorial debut at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
Right on the heels of his stellar performances in The Ides of March, Drive and Crazy Stupid Love, Gosling will write and direct How to Catch a Monster, starring his Drive co-star Christina Hendricks.
Hendricks will play a single mother ‘swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.’
The suspense fantasy noir film is set to start shooting next spring.
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.
Michel Litvak, Bold Films financier, 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.
As for Gosling, he will next be seen in Gangster Squad, which will open in theaters on January 11th, 2013 as well as in Derek Cianfrance’s A Place Beyond the Pines, which will premiere at TIFF, and Only God Forgives, an upcoming crime thriller film written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.