If Ryan Gosling is creating a comfortable environment for his directorial debut, you can’t fault the assortment he’s making company with. The past few months have seen his first trip behind the camera, How to Catch a Monster, gain two of the actor’s own recent co-stars, Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelsohn — from Drive and The Place Beyond the Pines, respectively — about whom I have no complaints but plenty of good will. As a sign of what must have been the good experience making Derek Cianfrance‘s Blue Valentine follow-up, we have another familiar face to throw into the batch.
According to BloodyDisgusting, Gosling‘s modern fantasy suspense picture is, now, to co-star Eva Mendes and relative newcomer Rob Zabrecky; the latter will play Cat, herself a “prominent figure” of the story’s Big Bad Wolf Club, and the latter is to appear as a taxi driver. This second part is relatively context-free, but the actress’s involvement makes some drop of sense when you read this description of Monster‘s plot:
“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 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.”
It sounds like an ambitious step for this first-time helmer, which is why, again, it’s fair if that task contributes to his partnership with prior collaborators. Indications of this one’s success will become clear in the near-future, as Gosling begins shooting in May.
Looking at everything laid before us, how is Monster faring at the outset?
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