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Ryan Gosling and producer Ken Kao have teamed up to form the production company Arcana. The banner will focus on finding and developing a wide range of unique and diverse material for film and television.
Arcana’s first official project is director Yorgos Lanthimos’ upcoming movie The Favourite, starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman. The biographical historical film, which just wrapped principal photography in the U.K., follows the clandestine personal and political machinations of the reign of Queen Anne, the last monarch of the House of Stuarts. Arcana has partnered with producers Ceci Dempsey for Scarlet Films and Ed Guiney and Lee Magiday for Element Pictures, together with Film4 and Fox Searchlight.
Gosling and Kao previously worked together on Shane Black’s detective thriller The Nice Guys and Terrence Malick’s Song to Song. The pair also previously announced the acquisition of Jeff Lemire’s acclaimed graphic novel The Underwater Welder, which they are developing for the big screen alongside Anonymous Content.
Gosling most recently earned an Oscar nomination for best actor for his performance in Damien Chazelle’s La La Land and is set to star in Chazelle’s upcoming First Man for Universal. The actor will next be seen alongside Harrison Ford in Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, which is due in theaters in October.
Kao will continue to run his Waypoint Entertainment production banner and BLOOM with partner Alex Walton. Kao’s production slate includes: Scott Cooper’s Hostiles, starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike; Martin Zandvliet’s The Outsider, starring Jared Leto; and Destin Daniel Cretton’s The Glass Castle, starring Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson and Naomi Watts.
Gosling is repped by LBI Entertainment, CAA and Anonymous Content. Kao is repped by WME.
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