Matt Smith has nabbed the male lead in Ryan Gosling's How to Catch a Monster, according to Variety. Smith joins Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, and Ben Mendelsohn.
The film will mark Gosling's directorial debut. The story follows a single mother (Hendricks) who is "swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town."
This will also be Smith's first role in a U.S. production. Recently he completed filming his third season of Dr. Who, so it's a good time for him to branch out, and this is an indie film that will definitely receive considerable attention. Shooting on How to Catch a Monster is expected to begin this spring.