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Ryan Gosling steps into writer-director role

Ryan Gosling will make his debut as a writer-director with How to Catch a Monster, a fantasy noir film to begin shooting next spring.
Ryan Gosling attends the gala screening of Drive at last year's Toronto International Film Festival. He will soon try his hand at directing. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Ryan Gosling will make his debut as a writer-director with How to Catch a Monster, a fantasy noir film to begin shooting next spring.

Sierra Affinity will be seeking foreign buyers for the film during the Toronto International Film Festival starting next week.

Christina Hendricks, the Mad Men star who played opposite Gosling in Drive, is to play the lead role. She plays a single mother of two who is swept into a macabre underworld, while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.

Gosling wrote the script for Catch a Monster, which is described as a modern fairy tale set against a surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city.

The Canadian-born actor, who has a thriving career as a leading man in films such as Drive and The Ides of March, is a novice to both writing and directing.

Gosling will be in Toronto for TIFF in support of Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines, which makes its world premiere at the festival. Cianfrance also directed the Canadian-born actor in Blue Valentine.  

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