Ryan Gosling casts Dark Knight Rises actor in directorial debut

New cast member joins Christina Hendricks in How To Catch A Monster

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.

Are you a fan of Mendelsohn's work? Tell us below!


    • writerdave87

      Nov 26th 2012, 18:14

      He's utterly terrifying in Animal Kingdom, great actor.

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    • henryjr

      Nov 26th 2012, 20:22

      amazingly excited for this - He's a fantastic actor!!

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    • Doyle

      Nov 26th 2012, 20:31

      I agree, he's quality! Thought he was awesome in Killing them Softly.

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    • georgeWW

      Nov 26th 2012, 21:28

      want to be excited ...but this seems so good that its bound to be s**t

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    • joshgalloway

      Nov 26th 2012, 22:24

      He has been around for a long time and has always left a mark even with small roles he played. He was amazing in Killing Them Softly.

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