Cannes 2011: Ryan Gosling to star in and make directorial debut with THE IDOLMAKER remake

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
May 13th, 2011

It comes as no surprise that talented actor Ryan Gosling would want to jump behind the camera, but it is somewhat odd that he'd chose to do it with a remake of a somewhat minor Taylor Hackford film from 1980 about the life of rock promoter Bob Marcucci, but that's just what Gosling has signed on for.

Deadline reports that Gosling will also star in the film. The original, which was Hackford's feature debut, was a fictionalized account of Marcucci's life. Marcucci is most famous for discovering Fabian and Frankie Avalon. The film starred Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher, Paul Land, Tovah Feldshuh, and Joe Pantoliano. And, are you ready for this, it was a musical. Is Gosling going to also go the musical route with this one? I can't even imagine, but as the actor has musical chops (and his own band), it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility but, wow, this is just a bit of a left-field choice for a directorial debut.

Gosling will next be seen on screen in CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE on July 29, with upcoming turns in DRIVE (which is showing at Cannes), the LOGAN'S RUN remake, and the heavily talked-about Will Beall-written GANGSTER SQUAD.

Is this the sort of film you expected Gosling to make his directorial debut with?

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