Saoirse Ronan Boards Ryan Gosling’s Directing Debut ‘How to Catch a Monster’

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The cast for Ryan Gosling’s writing and directing debut How to Catch a Monster keeps on growing (and getting better), now that Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan is joining an acting crew that includes Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Eva Mendes and lauded character actor Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises, The Place Beyond the Pines).

Ronan, who turns 18 this April, already has several acclaimed performances under her belt, including her roles in director Joe Wright’s Atonement (which landed her an Oscar nod) and Hanna. She’s not going to slow down either, with a starring role in Andrew Niccol’s The Host - based on Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s novel – and Neil Jordan’s vampire drama Byzantium this year, in addition to appearing in Wes Anderson’s next project The Grand Budapest Hotel (which is currently in the midst of production) as well as the period royalty tale Mary Queen of Scots somewhere down the line.

Here is the official synopsis for Gosling’s film:

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.

Hendricks is headlining as Billy, an employee of a strange and mysterious fetish club (kind of a redundant description, I know) called The Big Bad Wolf Club, where Mendes shows up as one of her more popular coworkers. The Bones character role is unoccupied for the time being, while it remains unclear how the rest of the cast fits into this bizarre puzzle (and if people such as Ronan and Smith are essential to the main narrative proceedings).

Nonetheless, Gosling has put together an impressive cast to realize his genre-blending premise on the big screen; not to mention, it’ll be interesting to see what tricks he’s picked up after working with filmmakers such as Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives), among others. Color us intrigued.

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Ryan Gosling is directing ‘How to Catch a Monster’

Here is the full press release announcing Ronan’s casting (via Sierra/Affinity):

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

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  1. That’s an impressive cast indeed. Film seems kind of artsy though. I’m more excited about Gordon-Levitt’s debut film.

    • Arty films>>>>>>blockbusters

      • Completely agree!

  2. It sounds more promising than The Host (I really hated that depressing book).

  3. Alright, now let’s get a trailer.

  4. I love Saoirse… one of the greatest actresses of her age… Besides, she’s incredibly beautiful… Her eyes are vicious!!!

  5. She’s an amazing young actress! I Remember thinking she was great in Atonement, and now she’s turning 18! Time goes buy so fast!

  6. I thought she would be a one hit wonder when I saw The Lovely Bones but then I saw her in Hannah and she was fricken amazing.

    • You’re right, she has put in some amazing performances and she’s still just 18!
      You should check out her Oscar turn in ‘Atonement’.
      Or ‘The Way Back’ or even her astounding debut performance in ‘I Could Never Be Your Woman’.

  7. Great casting choice. This girl is so unique and such a great young actress!

  8. I thought she would be a one hit wonder when I saw The Lovely Bones but then I saw her in Hannah and she was fricken amazing.