Ryan Gosling performs the lead position in The Actor Primarily based on Donald E. Westlake’s Reminiscence

Anomalisa filmmaker Duke Johnson will direct from a script he co-wrote with Stephen Cooney.


It’s been a while since we’ve seen Ryan Gosling on the big screen, but he’s got no shortage of exciting projects in the works, and now he’s added another to his development list when Gosling signed up as a star The actor from Anomalisa filmmakers Duke Johnson.

The film is based on Donald E. Westlakenovel memory, a die-hard noir about a New York actor named Paul Cole who is beaten and pronounced dead before waking up in a mysterious small town in 1950s Ohio with no memory. As he struggles to return home, Paul must sit down and recapture the life and identity he has lost.

Johnson co-wrote the script with Stephen Cooney and he will also produce The Actor with his Innerlight Films partner Abigail Spencer, as well as Paul Young make of good content. Gosling will also produce with Waypoint Entertainment Ken Kao.


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Aaron Taylor-Johnson was previously circled the project that will be bought on the upcoming European film market in Berlin.

While both Blade Runner 2049 and First man Everyone had their fans, I found both films pretty disappointing, and it seems it took Gosling some time to wipe himself off and stabilize his career. He’s now put together a quartet with interesting projects, including Netflix’s big-budget blockbusters The gray manwho mates him with Chris Evans and comes from the Russo brothers;; Phil Lord and Chris MillerAstronaut film Project Hail Mary at MGM; Leigh Whannell‘s Wolf man Film at Universal; and now Duke Johnson’s newest project. It seems like Gosling is getting his mojo back and I can’t wait.

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Jeff Sneider is a Senior Film Reporter at Collider, where he publishes film and television news and curates the Up-and-Comer of the Month column. He also hosts the podcast “The Sneider Cut” and the award-winning series “For Your Consideration” with Scott Mantz and Perri Nemiroff. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jeff began his career at Ain’t It Cool News before moving to Los Angeles to write for Variety and later for TheWrap and Mashable. Jeff was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Tracking Board and has contributed to the MTV Movies Blog, Hollywood Life Magazine, Washington Square News, and the Colorado Springs Independent. His Oscar selection appeared on the LA Times Envelope site, and he agrees with screenwriter William Goldman, who famously said of Hollywood, “Nobody knows.” Jeff is from Needham, Massachusetts and has never had a salad. He can be found on Twitter, Instagram, Cameo and Blogspot by searching his Nom de Plume @TheInSneider.

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