First Look: Stills from Ryan Gosling's Directorial Debut - LOST RIVER

Previously titled "How to Catch a Monster", the first images from the dark fantasy have appeared online...and they're intriguing to say the least. Hit the jump to have a peek at what Gosling has in store for his directorial debut.

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By Alex La-Chiusa - 4/19/2014

Previously titled "How To Catch A Monster", Ryan Gosling's (Drive) directorial debut, Lost River, is set to premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. In the lead up to next month's premiere, The Film Stage have provided two very weird stills from the dark fantasy film and it looks like Gosling has something special in store for audiences. Gosling has proven himself as a versatile actor by often making left field choices in what roles he plays and it looks like he'll be continuing that trend as a director. 

The fantasy stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendohlson, Matt Smith, Barbara Steele, Iain De Caestecker and Eva Mendes and speaking to Empire, star Iain De Caestecker (Agent Fitz in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) had this to say about the project:

“It’s about this family living in a town called Lost River, which is perhaps a place that was once full of family and happiness and love, and is now this town that’s slowly descending into a place without any hope. This family is holding onto the foundations of their house and everything they think they need to hold onto.”

Sounds kind of straight forward, right? Well take a look at the plot description:

"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 BONES, her eighteen-year-old son, 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."

The film has been compared to the works of David Lynch (The Lost Highway) and Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys) so you can expect it to be quite the head trip. So do you think you'll be checking out Ryan Gosling's first effort as a director? Or will you stick to checking out his abs in front of the camera? Let me know in the comments!

Lost River will be released later in the year and will be distributed by Warner Bros in the US.

Source: The Film Stage
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SuperCat - 4/19/2014, 6:34 PM
Think I like the original title better.
ManofSteel23 - 4/19/2014, 6:35 PM
sounds weird
MrSotoMan - 4/19/2014, 6:36 PM
I like movies like this. 12 Monkeys, Fear & Loathing, hopefully this movie ranks up to these.

Overall I feel Ryan Gosling is a talented actor, if only he could direct Drive 2.....that would be a dream come true!
wookiefit76 - 4/19/2014, 6:42 PM
That's a bitch'n door entrance.
wookiefit76 - 4/19/2014, 6:43 PM
Gosling will always be Young Hercules to me.

maninfinesuit - 4/19/2014, 6:54 PM
Original title was a lot better. Also, that man has [frick]ing immaculate hair.

csdot - 4/19/2014, 6:57 PM
First image reminds me of Suspiria. Cool.
AlexanderLykins - 4/19/2014, 6:57 PM
Oh Saoirse, why did you pass up on Scarlet Witch.
Melkaticox - 4/19/2014, 6:58 PM
Slow news d...week.
AlexanderLykins - 4/19/2014, 7:01 PM
In more interesting news, the Avengers have finally assembled.
DaVinci31 - 4/19/2014, 7:02 PM
Being directed in films such as Drive, The Place Beyond the Pines and Only God Forgives, I have to believe he has developed some sense of solid story-telling.
DaVinci31 - 4/19/2014, 7:06 PM

Superman, has shaved his beard ladies and gentleman.

DaVinci31 - 4/19/2014, 7:07 PM
He kind of reminds me of Sebastian Stan in that picture btw.
wookiefit76 - 4/19/2014, 7:10 PM
He was really great in Lars and the Real Girl.
AlexLaChiusa - 4/19/2014, 7:11 PM
@DaVinci31 He must not be in exile anymore.
AlexanderLykins - 4/19/2014, 7:12 PM
Nice find!
AlexanderLykins - 4/19/2014, 7:16 PM
And Superman shaved his beard!
AlexLaChiusa - 4/19/2014, 7:17 PM
@DudeGuyMan What? If anything it helps him gain credibility and helps him avoid being typecast.
Devson - 4/19/2014, 7:18 PM
Very interesting, can't wait to see the trailer.
Prime - 4/19/2014, 7:25 PM
Is Cavill back in shape? I supposed they already filmed his exile scenes.
DEATHbyEXILE - 4/19/2014, 7:32 PM
DaVinci31 - 4/19/2014, 7:34 PM

Didn't even see that Ben Mendelsohn was in this.

Now it's a party.

DEATHbyEXILE - 4/19/2014, 7:35 PM
BoomTubeB - 4/19/2014, 8:26 PM
might be a lot of silence in this movie...
Prime - 4/19/2014, 8:46 PM
I get the feeling this is going to be one of those arty drag on movies.".
WombRaider - 4/19/2014, 9:34 PM
ryan gosling cant [frick]ing act, id be suprised if he can direct

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