About a month ago, I spoke with Matt Smith, who was in town the Dr. Who Christmas Special. We talked about Scarlett Johansson, David Lynch, Raymond Carver, etc. but oddly, we never spoke about Ryan Gosling. And well, too bad, because it looks like the current incarnation of Dr. Who, the man of time and space travel himself, has joined on for the lead in Ryan Gosling’s How to Catch a Monster—fresh off the announcement that Eva Mendes would be joining the cast as well.
Variety reports that the 30-year-old English actor has signed on for the directorial debut of Gosling opposite Christina Hendricks and alongside Ben Mendelsonhn in his first U.S. role. Described as the "male lead," he joins How to Catch a Monster, the story that is set against a surrealist dreamscape of a vanishing city and centered on a single mother being swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld when her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an under watch town. Now, presumably Smith will not be playing Christina Hendricks’ teenage son. The two are but seven years apart in age and he may have boyish good looks but he is no boy. So where does his role come into play?
Who really can say now. But what is known is that Gosling is making some interesting and great choices his role time out the gate. Henricks—whom he worked with on Drive—as the anchor of this film, will finally get to show that strength and power she possess on Mad Men but hasn’t gotten to fully explore on film, Ben Mendelsohn—whom Gosling worked on in Pines—is a fantastic Australian talent that America seriously needs to fall in love with, and now with the addition of Smith, it’s a bold and ambitious choice from Gosling who is probably a massive Dr. Who fan. I’m excited to see how this one plays out.