Is there a chance that current Hollywood it boy Ryan Gosling could be working with super weird Argentine director Gaspar Noé (Irréversible, Enter the Void) on his next project? If you listen to author Bret Easton Ellis (“American Psycho”), there is. Here’s the story so far: Ellis has been working on a screenplay for a while, it’s called The Golden Suicides, and it’s about the true story of artist couple Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan, who killed themselves back in 2007, allegedly after harassment from the Church of Scientology.
Originally Gus Van Sant was meeting to come on and direct Ellis’s screenplay, but that fell apart for one reason or another, so eventually the job went to Noé. Now that there is a director in the bag, it’s time to find a leading actor, and Ellis seems to have his sights on Gosling.
Recently he’s been taking to his Twitter account to tease followers about the fact that Gosling is close to signing on to the project. Last week he was saying things like, “Ryan Gosling is going to have to wait this year out and then win the Oscar for playing Jeremy Blake in The Golden Suicides,” and this week he’s been tweeting details of a meeting he, Gosling, and Noé had at the Chateau Marmont. In addition to talking about how good Gosling looks eating an apple, Ellis also stated, “Ryan came to meet Gaspar Noé who is directing The Golden Suicides. The 25 year-old broke up with me when I said we couldn’t stay for dinner.”
If Gosling’s already jam-packed schedule would allow him to sign on for this project and work with Noé, it would be a pairing of an actor who is making maybe the most interesting performance choices in Hollywood today with a director whose choices start at interesting and then go somewhere you could never anticipate. I don’t know about you, but it sounds like a match made in heaven to me. I guess we’ll all just have to keep following Ellis’s Twitter account to see how this thing plays out.
If you’ve yet to read about Blake and Duncan, check out the article that started it all, Nancy Jo Sales’s piece at Vanity Fair. [The Playlist]