You think of all of the young actors trying to make it in movies, and they likely all look to Ryan Gosling as the model, considering how well he has done without losing his indie cred. That makes Iain De Caestecker the luckiest young guy, in that Gosling chose him for the lead of his directorial debut, How To Catch A Monster. Gosling undertook a wide search but chose De Caestecker to play Christina Hendricks’ character’s son, a loner with an active imagination who is the catalyst for this film. De Caestecker is a Scottish actor who played the male lead in two high-profile BBC series: the BAFTA-winning The Fades and Young James Herriot. He starred opposite Alice Englert in the thriller Fear which played at Sundance and next stars with James McAvoy and Jim Broadbent in Filth. He’s done well in a short time in the U.S. On his first trip to Los Angeles, and landed a series regular role on the Marvel/ABC/Joss Whedon pilot S.H.I.E.L.D., which is going to series. So even though right now this guy is a walking typo to people like me, soon we might all be able to spell his name without looking it up. Anonymous Content, WME and Hamilton Hodell rep him.
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Epic Pictures is launching sales on animated action-adventure Space Dogs 2, the sequel to 2010′s canine astronaut pic Space Dogs 3D. Vadim Sotskov of Kinoatis and Sergei Sernov are producing alongside exec producers Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures Group. The US-Russian project is currently in production in stereoscopic 3D. Epic is also repping global sales on action-thriller The Patrol: Operation Herrick, written and directed by Tom Petch, who is producing with Tom Stuart for AFG Film Ltd. The story of a British Army patrol battling the Taliban in Afghanistan stars Owain Arthur, Nicholas Beveney, Daniel Fraser, Alex Mcnally, Oliver Mott, Ben Righton, and Nav Sidhu.
Spotlight Pictures has come aboard to sell Tar, the biopic of Pulitzer-winner poet CK Williams that stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, Zach Braff, Henry Hopper and Bruce Campbell. The pic follows the life of Williams (Franco) as he recalls the experiences that shaped the man he became and the writer he was destined to be. It was directed by 12 NYU film students and premiered last year at the Rome Film Festival. The sales deal was negotiated by Vince Jolivette for Rabbit Bandini Productions with Carlos Rincon at Spotlight.
First Major Cannes Deal: Warner Bros Acquires U.S. Rights On Ryan Gosling Helming Debut ‘How To Catch A Monster’
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has scored the first major acquisition of the Cannes Film Festival, before anybody has gotten on a plane. The studio is closing a deal for U.S. rights to How To Catch A Monster, the film that is shooting now. Writer-director Ryan Gosling‘s film stars Saoirse Ronan, Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith Ben Mendelsohn and Rob Zabrecky. The studio is paying a $3 million minimum guarantee for the film, a fantasy thriller in which a single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town. Marc Platt is the primary producer on the film.