Ryan Gosling, I’m sorry, Baby Goose, is currently riding a career high, thanks to Drive and the relentless sexual energy of Anna Kendrick. And now he’s up for a directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster. Usually directorial debuts are low-key dramas, or crime movies, or something else cheap. Not, however, in this case.
Described as a “fantasy noir” and currently casting, How To Catch A Monster has this as a plot description:
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 Bones, her 18-yr-old 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.
Gosling wrote this, by the way, and has already cast Christina Hendricks as Billy. Apparently Baby Goose is planning to muscle Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman off their turf.
That said, there’s an opportunity for one ugly mofo to break into Hollywood. Here’s the description for Face, a major character:
A small-town trouble maker from the wrong side of the tracks. He is the constant, silent companion of the dark and sinister character, BULLY. His trademark is the unusual and distinctive appearance of his face. We are seeking actors with any type of unique and unconventional facial characteristics for this role. The more uncommon and different-looking the better. Actors with scars, birth marks are encouraged to submit.
OK, so you have to go to Detroit. But beyond that…
It’ll be interesting to see how this comes together. And hey, if nothing else, at least Gosling swung for the fences his first time at bat.