Ryan Gosling to Make his Directorial Debut on How to Catch a Monster

Ryan GoslingYes, but what Ryan Gosling really wants to do is direct.

And so he’ll get his chance when he makes his directorial debut on the fantasy noir “How to Catch a Monster”, which hell direct from his own script. Gosling and producers Marc Platt and Adam Siegel have also cast “Mad Men’s” Christina Hendricks, who co-starred with Gosling in Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” as the film’s female lead.

The plot:

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 has acted in plenty of movies, everything from small indie films to big-budget Hollywood studio offerings, and apparently he’s learned a thing or two during all that time. Or at least, we hope so, because from the sounds of it, “How to Catch a Monster” seems to be a very ambitious undertaking for a noob. Usually when actors make the jump to director, they’re smart enough to start small with contained dramas.

We’ll find out how Gosling does when principal photography on “How to Catch a Monster” commences early 2013.

Christina Hendricks in Mad Men