EXCLUSIVE: In what is shaping up to be a hot package for the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin, Ryan Gosling has pledged to star in The actor, with Duke Johnson directing a screenplay he wrote with Stephen Cooney, based on the harsh novel by Donald E. Westlake Memory.
Gosling will be producing with Ken Kao of Waypoint Entertainment, Johnson and his partner Innerlight Films Abigail Spencer, and Paul Young through his Make Good Banner.
Gosling will play New York actor Paul Cole, who was beaten and left for dead in 1950s Ohio. Stripped of his memory and stuck in a mysterious small town, Paul struggles to return home, piece together, and recover the life and identity he lost. The actor follows a journey that can be told to many: finding a home, finding love and finally reuniting. For those like me who yearn to see Gosling in another sleek and gritty action vehicle like Drive, this seems to be very promising. Gosling is currently preparing to go mano-mano with Chris Evans in The gray man, a major global action drama that Netflix hopes to launch a major franchise, with Avengers: Endgame coxswains Joe and Anthony perform.
CAA Media Finance and Endeavor Content co-represent US rights, and Endeavor Content manages international sales.
Gosling is replaced by CAA and lawyer Robert Offer; Johnson, best known for co-directing the Oscar-nominated animated feature with Charlie Kaufman Anomalisa, is replaced by ICM Partners and Paul Young; Spencer is replaced by UTA, Untitled and lawyers Gretchen Rush and Huy Nguyen; Cooney is replaced by Bruns Brennan & Berry.
This marks Gosling and Kao’s latest collaboration, as they team up on the Phil Lord and Chris Miller-directed adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel. Hail Mary project at MGM, and Leigh Whannell’s werewolf at Universal.