Ryan Gosling to make directorial debut in "How to Catch a Monster"

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Actor Ryan Gosling attends the Premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'The Ides Of March' held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theatre on September 27, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) Frazer Harrison

Ran Gosling attends the premiere of "The Ides Of March" on Sept. 27, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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(CBS News) Ryan Gosling can now add feature-film writer and director to his growing resume.

The 31-year-old actor will write and direct the movie "How to Catch a Monster," starring "Mad Men" actress Christina Hendricks, reports Variety. The pair appeared together in the 2011 film "Drive."

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"How to Catch a Monster" is described as a "modern day fairytale" that centers on a single mother (played by Hendricks) who's "swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town."

Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce the movie with Marc Platt Productions.

"I am very appreciative to [producers] Marc Platt, Adam Siegel and Bold Films for being so supportive and I look forward to making this film with all of them," said Gosling.

Other cast members haven't been announced yet. There's no word on whether Gosling will also portray a character in the film. Principal photography will star next spring.

Gosling, meanwhile, stars alongside Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes in "The Place Beyond the Pines," which will premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. He'll also be seen in "Gangster Squad" and "Only God Forgives."

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