Matt Smith, as one might expect from a relatively young actor who caught his big break with Doctor Who, has not had a lot of time to branch out from the busy shooting schedule of the show to the Hollywood scene, though he’s often talked about the possibility of doing so in interviews. It seems as though Ryan Gosling, of all people, will be giving Smith is first American film, and what else? It’s a surreal urban fantasy story.
Gosling is looking to round out the cast of his directorial debut How to Catch a Monster, a noir-style urban fantasy penned by Gosling himself, which already includes Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, and Ben Mendelsohn. From Empire:
Against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, [HtCaM] finds Billy (Hendricks), a single mother of two who usually works in a fetish club, swept into a dark fantasy underworld. While that’s happening, her teenaged son finds a secret road leading into an underwater town. Mother and son must figure out various mysteries if they want to keep their family alive.
Smith is reportedly set to play the male lead, but there’s no word yet on what exactly that means in the context of the story, and according to Empire, shooting is set to begin filming this spring for release in 2014. If that’s all correct, one can presume that shooting on the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special won’t begin until after How to Catch a Monster wraps, perhaps this summer, with an air date set for the fall. The actual anniversary falls on November 23rd, after all.
Either way, enjoy the Whovian bump, How to Catch a Monster.