Most would first recognize Ben Mendelsohn from his recent turn in the Batman mega-hit The Dark Knight Rises, in which he played an over-enunciating, skeevy corporate pawn in Bane’s grand scheme for Gotham. The actor’s been working it since the mid-80s though, with memorable turns in everything from Quigley Down Under to Malick’s The New World to his more recent work in Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly and Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond The Pines. As it turns out, we’ve even already had a glimpse of Mendelsohn’s work in Cianfrance’s new film, and it looks characteristically great.

It stands to reason that it’s the later on which he developed a relationship with co-star Ryan Gosling, who has just cast Menelsohn in his own directorial debut, How To Catch A Monster. Christina Hendricks is the only other major cast member yet announced, with the two starring in a story written by Gosling and described as a combination of “elements of fantasy noir and suspense into a modern day fairytale. 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 her teenage 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.”

Filming doesn’t begin until mid-way into next year, but you can expect to hear plenty about other actors joining on between now and then. Gosling has lots of heat on him right now, so he’s not likely to have trouble rounding up names to join his jump behind the camera.


Source | Moviehole (via Total Film)