by Helen Earnshaw |
Matt Smith is an actor who has taken TV by storm with is role in Doctor Who but now it seems that a successful film career is on the horizon.
The actor has landed the lead role in Ryan Gosling's new film How To Catch A Monster.
The movie marks the the directorial debut for Gosling - who has also penned the script - and it will be the first American project for Brit actor Smith.
Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Ben Mandelsohn and Rob Zabrecky are the other names on the cast list.
Smith kicked of his acting career in the theatre in 2003 with Murder in the Cathedral before moving on to the Master and the Margarita and Fresh Kills.
It wasn't long before TV came knocking and it was the role of Jim Taylor in The Ruby and the Smoke in 2006 that was to be a big breakthrough.
Airing on BBC One it was an adaptation of the Philip Pullman novel of the same name and saw the actor team up with Billie Piper and Julie Walters.
It would be a role that he would return to a year later when The Shadow in the North was also adapted by the BBC.
Over the next couple of years he stayed with TV with roles in Party Animals, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and The Street.
But the role that was to change the course of his career came in 2010 when he took over the role of The Doctor from David Tennant.
Doctor Who has been the flagship BBC show since it was re-launched back in 2005.
Smith has so far starred in forty five episodes of the hit series and it will be returning to the big screens later this year.
Smith is no stranger to the big screen having working In Bruges - although his scenes were cut - and Womb.
Womb was directed by Benedek Fliegauf and saw Smith team up with former Bond Girl Eva Green.
But due to his Doctor Who commitments there has been little time for Smith to pursue any other projects.
How To Catch A Monster is set to be the biggest film role of Smith's career to date and could well open some major doors for him in Hollywood.
Filming is set to get underway later this year and the film will be released in 2014.