She’ll be battling aliens in “The Host” when that film opens pretty soon and then vampires later in “Byzantium”, but Saoirse Ronan is already prepping to battle monsters in Ryan Gosling’s “How to Catch a Monster”.
Ronan joins the previously cast Matt Smith (“Doctor who”), Eva Mendes (“The Place Beyond the Pines”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Killing Them Softly) and Christina Hendricks (“Drive”) in the film, described as a “modern fantasy-drama”. Gosling, who will direct, also wrote the script, with principal photography expected to begin this May in Detroit.
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.
Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are producing, along with Gosling. The film is currently being shopped around at the European Film Market.
Gosling is coming off “Gangster Squad” with Ruben Fleischer and “The Place Beyond the Pines” with director Derek Cianfrance. He’s also got the Thai-set martial arts movie “Only God Forgives” with his “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn on tap.
As has been mentioned many times, “How to Catch a Monster” will mark his first time behind the camera.