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Doctor Who Joins Ryan Gosling's Directorial Debut

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Matt Smith, best known as "Doctor Who" or "the reason so many guys at Comic Con are in bow ties," has signed on to make his U.S. acting debut.

Variety reports he'll play the male lead opposite Christina Hendricks in How To Catch a Monster, the film that will see Ryan Gosling showing Ben Affleck how to really be a dreamy actor-cum-director. Gosling's lady friend, Eva Mendes, also recently joined the film, though her role for now is only understood in that it will provide a second set of pleasant shapes to admire.

The film itself sounds like it could be straight from Smith's Doctor Who already, the synopsis describing it as "set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city and centered on a single mother of two being swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town," which sounds like a pretty ambitious debut effort for Gosling. He'll no doubt be able to handle it, though: If there's one thing Gosling excels at, it's finding new ways to make every other dude look bad.

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