Ryan Gosling Casts Mendes in His Directorial Debut Film

Ryan Gosling is planning to put his girlfriend Eva Mendes to work…

Gosling, who is preparing to make his directorial debut, has reportedly cast the 38-year-old Cuban-American actress as one of his leading ladies in How to Catch a Monster.

Eva Mendes & Ryan Gosling

Gosling has picked Rob Zabrecky as Mendes’ co-star. The two join previously announced cast members Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelsohn.

Gosling’s film weaves fantasy noir elements with suspense in what’s being called a modern day fairytale. Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, the story follows a single mother of two named Billy. She’s swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and her son must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.

Mendes will reportedly play Cat, a prominent figure of the Big Bad Wolf Club. Zabrecky will play a cab driver.

Filming on How to Catch a Monster is set to begin filming this May.

Mendes and Gosling previously worked together on screen in The Place Beyond the Pines, which will open in theaters on March 29.