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Ryan Gosling casts Dark Knight Rises actor in directorial debut

How To Catch A Monster , the directorial debut of one Mr Ryan Gosling, has bagged itself a new cast member, with Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn coming aboard.

He joins Christina Hendricks in the modern-day fairytale, which is set to fuse fantasy and noir into a surreal concoction.

Gosling and Mendelsohn star together in Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond The Pines , so the newbie director has had the opportunity of scoping out his talents firsthand.

Mendelsohn isn’t a household name, but he’s a hell of a talented character actor. His most widely seen role was in The Dark Knight Rises , in which he played oily corporate type John Daggett.

As a testament to his chameleonic screen presence, Daggett was the polar opposite of the grimy drug addict Mendelsohn essayed in Killing Them Softly . His uniquely menacing performance as Pope in Animal Kingdom also made a huge impact.

How To Catch A Monster
will shoot next year, with an official release date yet to be confirmed.

Given Gosling’s intelligence when it comes to choosing roles, we're anticipating his first behind-the-camera work with particular excitement.