Ryan Gosling has been given the green light to turn a screenplay he wrote into a major motion picture, and he's tapped Christina Hendricks to star in it.

How to Catch a Monster will be directed by Gosling with principal photography slated for next spring. The Hollywood Reporter has the synopsis:

How to Catch a Monster weaves elements of fantasy noir with suspense to create a modern day fairytale set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city. Hendricks (Mad Men) would play Billy, a single mother of two who is swept into a macabre underworld, while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.

"There's no one really like her," Gosling said of Hendricks in a press release. "She's very meticulous about every detail." The two previously worked together on Nicolas Winding Refn's acclaimed neo-noir crime drama Drive.

The film will be shopped to foreign distributors at the Toronto International Film Festival, which starts next week.

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