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Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut film looks like it’s shaping up nicely. Last week we announced that ‘Doctor Who’ star Matt Smith just signed on to for a lead role and now the movie can boast Saoirse Ronan as the newest addition to the cast.

Ronan already has quite an impressive résumé having earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her work on ‘Atonement’ and a Saturn Award nod for ‘Hanna,’ all before the age of 18! She’ll be seen in the upcoming film ‘The Host’ in March based on the Stephenie Meyer novel of the same name as well as the Neil Jordan vampire drama ‘Byzantium’ which is set to be released sometime this year.

No word was said on the role that Ronan will be taking in the film but along with Smith, she will be joining Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes and Ben Mendelsohn in what looks to be an exciting movie to work on.

‘How to Catch a Monster’ is not only Gosling’s initial film that he’ll be helming, but he also wrote the screenplay which is described as a mash up of fantasy, noir and suspense. The cast that he’s put together is so far pretty impressive and the project is looking to be something to look forward to.

Production is slated to begin sometime soon with a 2014 release date.

Here’s the full press release announcing Ronan’s casting:

Los Angeles, CA – February 9, 2013 – Academy Award® nominee Saoirse Ronan has come aboard Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER.  She joins additional new cast members Matt Smith, Eva Mendes, and Ben Mendelsohn. Christina Hendricks will star in this modern fantasy-drama, based on a script by Gosling that will begin principal photography this May in Detroit.

Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are producing the film on behalf of Marc Platt Productions, along with Gosling via his Phantasma Films banner, and Michel Litvak and David Lancaster via the Bold Films banner. Sierra/Affinity is overseeing international sales for the film which is available to buyers at this year’s European Film Market.

HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER weaves elements of fantasy noir, and suspense into a modern day fairytale. Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son, Bones, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.

HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER marks Gosling’s first time writing and directing a feature film.  Gosling is an Oscar® nominated actor having starred in films including THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, DRIVE, LARS AND THE REAL GIRL and HALF NELSON for which he received his Academy Award® nomination.