Ryan Gosling has spent more than half his life in the entertainment industry, beginning in 1993 on The All New Mickey Mouse Club, and he has made some giant strides in his career in that time. His latest big step, however, has been to put acting on pause while he exercises his skills as a director. Originally titled How To Catch A Monster, Gosling’s filmmaking debut Lost River has been in the works since late 2012, and today it made its global premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Based on an original screenplay that Ryan Gosling wrote himself, the film is a dark fantasy that centers on a single mother who discovers that her son has found access to a secret underwater town. The impressive cast included Christina Hendricks (who worked with Gosling on Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive), Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, and Doctor Who’s Matt Smith. While Lost River’s earliest reactions are coming out now, we’re not entirely sure when we’ll be able to see it for ourselves. Warner Bros. is on-board the movie for theatrical distribution, but has not yet announced a release date.

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