Michigan talent search for young boy to star in 'How To Catch a Monster' directed by Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling How To Catch a Monster Open Casting Calls

"How To Catch a Monster" will shoot in Detroit, MI beginning May 6, 2013.
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Note: The deadline to submit has been extended through April 22, 2013.

Marc Platt Productions and Phantasma Films in association with Bold Films are in pre-production on the feature film "How To Catch a Monster" written and directed by Ryan Gosling. The casting director is conducting and online open casting call searching for starring and co-starring roles in the film. Shooting will take place in the Detroit, Michigan area beginning May 6, 2013.

The film tells the tale of a single mother named Billy, and her two sons Bones and Frankie. Bones is an introspective loner teen with an active imagination, and while his challenging home life has toughened him, he still clings to childhood fantasies. Frankie is a wild-like little boy who is constantly getting into trouble for trying to escape his school and house. When Bones happens upon a secret road leading to an underwater town, he and his mother must dive deep into the mystery of a macabre and dark fantasy underworld, if their family is to survive.

Starring as Billy is three-time Primetime Emmy nominee Christina Hendricks, who is probably best known for her role as Joan Harris on the hit AMC series "Mad Men". She also has done many films including starring opposite Ryan Gosling in "Drive". Hendricks' other film acting credits include "Life as We Know It" starring with Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, and Josh Lucas; "I Don't Know How She Does It" starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, and Greg Kinnear; "Ginger & Rosa" with Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Annette Bening, Alice Englert; and the upcoming "Seconds of Pleasure" starring opposite Julia Stiles, Brendan Fraser, Matt Dillon, and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling will direct from an original screenplay that he wrote himself. Gosling will also produce along with Marc Platt Productions Primetime Emmy Award nominee Marc Platt and BAFTA Film Award nominee Adam Siegel, Michel Litvak of Bold Productions, and David Lancaster. Co-President of Bold Productions, Gary Michael Walters, will executive produce. These are the same producers that brought you the Academy Award nominated film "Drive" starring Ryan Gosling.

Open Casting Call Details

The casting directors are currently seeking the following:

[FRANKIE]  Male, 2-3, bi-racial. Preferably Caucasian and African-American. Frankie is a "feral" like boy who is constantly getting into trouble for trying to escape his school and house. Quiet and withdrawn, but with an expressive face and deeply active internal life. Almost reminiscent of a silent film character. Because of the lack of lines for this character, there should be an imaginative quality as if he lives in a make-believe world he created.

Identical twins, triplets, quadruplets, etc. are especially encouraged to submit.


If cast, you must be available to be in Detroit from April 22-June 21, 2013.

If there are problems submitting, please send recent snapshots or videos with contact info directly to:

To be considered for for this film, login to your Cast It Talent account or go to the following open casting call website:

"How To Catch a Monster" Casting

There are no fees whatsoever to submit for this project.

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of Michigan and in the United States.

The 2013 Michigan Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Michigan and the United States:

• Michigan Child Work Permit Fact Sheet
• Michigan Youth Employment Standards Informational Sheet
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• USA Immigration Work Permits and Visas
• Non-Immigrant USA Visa Application

In addition to the following Michigan Actors Resources:

• Michigan Casting Directors List
• Michigan Extras Casting Directors List
• Michigan Talent Agents List
• Michigan AFTRA SAG Franchised Talent Agents
• General Talent Agent Information
• Michigan Acting Schools and Classes List
• Michigan Headshot Photographers List
• Actors Unions
• Miscellaneous Michigan Resources
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Casting Director and Talent Agents Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guides

The 2013 Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.


Jennifer Venditti
118 Mercer Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012

Extras Casting


Ryan Hill
28782 Everett Street
Southfield, MI 48076

NOTE: Do NOT contact the extras casting office. Extras will not be cast until shooting begins in May, 2013.

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Marc Platt Productions
100 Universal City Plaza
Bungalow 5163
Universal City, CA 91608

Phantasma Films
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

Bold Films
6464 Sunset Blvd
Ste 800
Los Angeles, CA 90028

9378 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 210
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Executive Producer:

Gary Michael Walters


Ryan Gosling
Marc Platt
Adam Siegel
Michel Litvak
David Lancaster


Ryan Gosling


Christina Hendricks
Saoirse Ronan
Matt Smith
Eva Mendes
Rob Zabrecky
Ben Mendelsohn


The story weaves elements of fantasy noir, and suspense into a modern day fairytale. Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy (Christina Hendricks), a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son Bones (to be cast) 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.

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