The last week has already seen Dr Who’s Matt Smith and also Eva Mendes add their talents to Ryan Gosling’s highly anticipated directorial debut, How To Catch A Monster, and this weekend saw yet another name added to that list.
Saoirse Ronan is the latest name to be added to the cast, which already includes Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelsohn. Ronan has been slowly building up one hell of a reputation over the years as a very brave actress not afraid to go for films that are not necessarily big budget money makers, but instead high quality films with an edge. The upcoming Stephenie Meyers adaptation of The Host will be Ronan’s biggest blockbusting film, but her list of films already includes some truly wonderful films like The Lovely Bones, Hanna, The Way Back and the upcoming vampire flick Byzantium.
Ronan is the perfect choice to join Gosling’s film, and here is the full press release to confirm the details.
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.