Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes pretty much have it made. They’re both disgustingly beautiful and extremely talented—yes they deserve each other, who else could even compare, right? And after starring together in Derek Cianfrance’s upcoming epic drama, The Place Beyond the Pines—where they got to quality practice in tortured love—the two are now not only making us exceedingly jealous of their love life, but it’s been announced that Mendes will join the cast of Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster.
Now, it’s one thing to fall in love with your co-star, it’s another to star in a film written and directed by your boyfriend. Look what happened to Diane Keaton and Warren Beatty on Reds. "It is always a dicey proposition when an actress works with a star or director—both, in this case—with whom she has an offscreen relationship. ‘It’s like running down a street with a plate of consommé and trying not to spill any,’ Beatty says," as Peter Bart recalled in his Vanity Fair piece "Thunder to the Left."
But anyhow, hoping for the best! And as someone who has had the chance to closely observe the incredible work of everyone from Terrence Malick to Nicolas Winding Ref, let’s assume some of that magic has rubbed off on ol’ Gos and this long-awaited debut will be the energetic kick we’d expect from the talented actor who has constantly morphed himself throughout his career.
How to Catch a Monster, penned by Gosling, tells the story of Billy, a single mother of two who is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Christina Hendricks is set to play the leading role with fellow Pines actor Ben Mendelhson also starring. Mendes looks to be playing "Cat" a prominent figure of the Big Bad Wolf Club. Shooting is scheduled for May with hopefully a festival release the following year.
Last question: Does this mean Dead Man’s Bones will be scoring the film?! I certainly hope so.