Gosling opens his monster search

Lancashire Telegraph: Ryan Gosling has placed an ad for young actors to star in his upcoming film Ryan Gosling has placed an ad for young actors to star in his upcoming film

Ryan Gosling is holding open castings for the star of his directorial debut How To Catch A Monster.

The Canadian director has advertised online at www.howtocatchamonstercasting.com to find an unknown actor for his surreal film described as "a modern day fairytale, with elements of fantasy noir, horror and suspense."

It follows single mother Billy, played by his Drive co-star Christina Hendricks, and her son Bones, who find themselves fighting separately for survival in a vanishing city.

Ryan is looking for three actors to play Bones, his younger brother Frankie and troublemaker Face.

Bones is described as "an introspective loner with an active imagination. Balancing melancholy intensity with an innocent sense of wonder, he is driven by a strong desire to face his fears. Soulful, offbeat and quietly charismatic."

Frankie is aged between three and six and is described as a "feral boy who is constantly getting into trouble for trying to escape his school and house."

Ryan is seeking actors with unusual distinguishing marks to play Face - "the more uncommon and different-looking the better". The character is described as "a small-town troublemaker from the wrong side of the tracks".

Ryan's description of his film sounds like it may have drawn some inspiration from a David Lynch movie.

"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."

Shooting is due to begin in Detroit in May.

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