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Ryan Gosling confirmed to play Walt Disney in biopic based on fan poster!

Mar. 31, 2012by:

Sometimes wishes do come true!

A few weeks ago, a set of movie posters went viral on the internet featuring fictional films mocked up to look like real studio releases. The most popular of these was a biopic of Walt Disney starring Ryan Gosling. The movie also touted Ron Howard as director.

Well, it appears that the idea got more than a few wheels turning at the House of Mouse as the studio revealed it has finalized plans to produce the film and Ryan Gosling will be the lead! Variety reports the movie will begin shooting this fall with a release date in 2014.

The article features quotes from Ron Howard, who plans to begin working on the film soon after the completes RUSH, which is currently in production.

Howard says "the poster was brought to me by Brian [Grazer], who thought it was funny. But then it got us thinking about the whole mystery of Walt Disney and how most moviegoers don't know the story of the man who invented Mickey Mouse and revolutionized American cinema."

The normally stoic Ryan Gosling referenced the news himself on his Twitter feed earlier this morning by saying "going to put my Mouseketeer training to good use!"

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will produce via Imagine along with Walt Disney Studios, who one would assume would allow full access to archives on Walt and the history of the company.  No word yet on if any of the other fictional costars listed on the poster will make it to the real film.  These actors include Michelle Williams, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Pierfrancesco Favino, Marion Cotillard, and Matthew Fox.

From a fan standpoint, graphic artist Pascal Witaszek, who designed the original poster, must be extremely excited that such a passion project has turned into a real Hollywood success story.  It just goes to show that sometimes, when you wish upon a star, you might just become one yourself.

Extra Tidbit: Also on the docket for Ryan Gosling is a remake of APRIL FOOL'S DAY!
Source: Variety

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3:48PM on 04/02/2012
Fuck, come on! Can we make this a reality?
Fuck, come on! Can we make this a reality?
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11:24AM on 04/02/2012
Too bad this movie won't actually happen. Kudod on the April Fool's joke this year.
Too bad this movie won't actually happen. Kudod on the April Fool's joke this year.
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1:39AM on 04/02/2012
Heartbreaking when the best ideas are BS, great April Fools article joblo!
Heartbreaking when the best ideas are BS, great April Fools article joblo!
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4:32PM on 04/01/2012

Love these!

Although I totally expect them, these articles are always hilarious and clever. I remember being fooled the first time when it was "announced" that Keanu Reeves was marrying Alan Cumming. Hahaha.
Although I totally expect them, these articles are always hilarious and clever. I remember being fooled the first time when it was "announced" that Keanu Reeves was marrying Alan Cumming. Hahaha.
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4:12PM on 04/01/2012

hilarious

another great april fool's day article!
but honestly I would watch the hell out of this movie, especially if they focused a lot on the antisemitism. Would've been pretty messed up.
another great april fool's day article!
but honestly I would watch the hell out of this movie, especially if they focused a lot on the antisemitism. Would've been pretty messed up.
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3:11PM on 04/01/2012

Reversal

Not that this is anything new for studios, but this isn't just thinking of a cool poster and making a film around that... This is BASING A FILM ON A POSTER.
Not that this is anything new for studios, but this isn't just thinking of a cool poster and making a film around that... This is BASING A FILM ON A POSTER.
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3:12PM on 04/01/2012
Wait a sec. I get it.

Happy April Fool's Day! You had me there.
Wait a sec. I get it.

Happy April Fool's Day! You had me there.
3:10PM on 04/01/2012

Why this would never happen.

No biopic of Walt will ever happen, as they'd have to address his antisemitism and the way he treated his employees during the 1950s red scare. He would actually get employees who wanted more money and threatened unionizing black listed that way he wouldn't have to pay them anything INCLUDING severance. Walt Disney was an asshole, and Disney doesn't want you to know the man whose statue is in the middle of their parks was a piece of shit.
No biopic of Walt will ever happen, as they'd have to address his antisemitism and the way he treated his employees during the 1950s red scare. He would actually get employees who wanted more money and threatened unionizing black listed that way he wouldn't have to pay them anything INCLUDING severance. Walt Disney was an asshole, and Disney doesn't want you to know the man whose statue is in the middle of their parks was a piece of shit.
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2:54PM on 04/01/2012
To be bad April Fool's Day fall on a Sunday this year. It would be sad if any regular user of this site got fooled.
To be bad April Fool's Day fall on a Sunday this year. It would be sad if any regular user of this site got fooled.
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2:11PM on 04/01/2012
I CALL BULLSHIT
I CALL BULLSHIT
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1:09PM on 04/01/2012

Question

....so what happens when/if they actually do make this movie with Ryan Gosling?
....so what happens when/if they actually do make this movie with Ryan Gosling?
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12:15PM on 04/01/2012
If that whole story about the Twins sequel is true then it spoiled your joke with some incredibly bad timing. Not your fault at all, I just can't believe there is some substance to the twins story, I mean, it has to be some sort of huge Hollywood April Fool's joke right? Oh God, please let it be joke...
If that whole story about the Twins sequel is true then it spoiled your joke with some incredibly bad timing. Not your fault at all, I just can't believe there is some substance to the twins story, I mean, it has to be some sort of huge Hollywood April Fool's joke right? Oh God, please let it be joke...
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11:53AM on 04/01/2012
I knew it--I picked this story out of the lineup for being fake.
I knew it--I picked this story out of the lineup for being fake.
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11:46AM on 04/01/2012
On the one hand, it's sad that April 1st falls on a Sunday this year, thereby robbing you of any chance to fool anyone. On the other hand, can we please start an online movement to actually make this project happen? Please. I will pay to see this movie.
On the one hand, it's sad that April 1st falls on a Sunday this year, thereby robbing you of any chance to fool anyone. On the other hand, can we please start an online movement to actually make this project happen? Please. I will pay to see this movie.
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11:36AM on 04/01/2012

awesome!!!!

Really excited for this. Ryan Gosling is such an amazing actor and I think a solid story about Walt, Steamboat Willy and the birth of Disney is long over due. (By the way April Fools Post to an April Fools Post, get it?)
Really excited for this. Ryan Gosling is such an amazing actor and I think a solid story about Walt, Steamboat Willy and the birth of Disney is long over due. (By the way April Fools Post to an April Fools Post, get it?)
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11:04AM on 04/01/2012
I was really excited for this, actually. It seemed a little quick for all parties involved (Disney, Gosling, Howard) to come together, but this was really well done. The only time I questioned anything was the end with the remake of April Fool's Day, when I finally *got* it. Fuck you for getting my hopes up, Maidy, and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. :)
I was really excited for this, actually. It seemed a little quick for all parties involved (Disney, Gosling, Howard) to come together, but this was really well done. The only time I questioned anything was the end with the remake of April Fool's Day, when I finally *got* it. Fuck you for getting my hopes up, Maidy, and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. :)
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10:49AM on 04/01/2012
Joke it may be, I still think it would be a good idea.
Joke it may be, I still think it would be a good idea.
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10:11AM on 04/01/2012
Nice one, guys. Little on the obvious side, but good show nonetheless.
Nice one, guys. Little on the obvious side, but good show nonetheless.
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9:46AM on 04/01/2012

Believalbe

I originally thought the Triplets story was this year's April Fool's Day article by the headline alone. This Walt arcticle is believable. I remember years ago when this site annouced that a sequal to Seven was being released. I totally bought it right up until the end.
I originally thought the Triplets story was this year's April Fool's Day article by the headline alone. This Walt arcticle is believable. I remember years ago when this site annouced that a sequal to Seven was being released. I totally bought it right up until the end.
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9:20AM on 04/01/2012
Well, MY dream really came true - that Ryan Gosling gets no such role. Ever.
Well, MY dream really came true - that Ryan Gosling gets no such role. Ever.
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8:49AM on 04/01/2012
I was hoping for a "Bane's voice being redubbed!" headline.
I was hoping for a "Bane's voice being redubbed!" headline.
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8:11AM on 04/01/2012
At least made some sense if you compare it to "The sequel you've been waiting for: Triplets with Schwarzenegger, DeVito, and...Eddie Murphy?" :)
At least made some sense if you compare it to "The sequel you've been waiting for: Triplets with Schwarzenegger, DeVito, and...Eddie Murphy?" :)
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5:52AM on 04/01/2012
All these tough guys below who supposedly "knew" this was a joke need to put a cork in it. This is brilliantly done.

A Dark Knight article wouldn't have worked nearly as well. The fact that the Walt poster is so goddamned good made it believable.
All these tough guys below who supposedly "knew" this was a joke need to put a cork in it. This is brilliantly done.

A Dark Knight article wouldn't have worked nearly as well. The fact that the Walt poster is so goddamned good made it believable.
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5:21AM on 04/01/2012

You got me.

And yet I totally want this to happen.
And yet I totally want this to happen.
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4:44AM on 04/01/2012
Totally forgot it was Fool's day until I saw this article title - too obvious!
Totally forgot it was Fool's day until I saw this article title - too obvious!
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6:34AM on 04/01/2012
Thumbs up for the butt view in your avatar.
Thumbs up for the butt view in your avatar.
3:27AM on 04/01/2012
Assumed it was a joke story as you generally don't post on a Sunday, but then I checked your source and was suitably impressed.
Assumed it was a joke story as you generally don't post on a Sunday, but then I checked your source and was suitably impressed.
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3:08AM on 04/01/2012
almost had me cause the pictures they almost look identical, but i saw my time ticked past 12
almost had me cause the pictures they almost look identical, but i saw my time ticked past 12
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3:01AM on 04/01/2012
I didn't realize it until about the third paragraph lol. Then I thought to myself... what day is it!? You'll be surprised though, I guarantee this article will make some headline somewhere else as an official true story. It's happened before from JoBlo.com
I didn't realize it until about the third paragraph lol. Then I thought to myself... what day is it!? You'll be surprised though, I guarantee this article will make some headline somewhere else as an official true story. It's happened before from JoBlo.com
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2:38AM on 04/01/2012

DreamJerks...

...up in here.
...up in here.
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2:05AM on 04/01/2012

come on, a little harder next time ;)

way too obvious guys lol
way too obvious guys lol
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2:03AM on 04/01/2012

Eh....

I saw this coming, as JoBlo always participates in April Fool's shenanigans (I always enjoy them, though). But I am surprised about which story you did. I was expecting you to fabricate some DARK KINGHT RISES rumor. Oh well, a Disney bio-pic would be great, what with all the rampant Anti-Semitism that would have to be in it...
I saw this coming, as JoBlo always participates in April Fool's shenanigans (I always enjoy them, though). But I am surprised about which story you did. I was expecting you to fabricate some DARK KINGHT RISES rumor. Oh well, a Disney bio-pic would be great, what with all the rampant Anti-Semitism that would have to be in it...
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1:55AM on 04/01/2012
If only Hollywood ever worked that way :(
If only Hollywood ever worked that way :(
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1:54AM on 04/01/2012
I knew as soon as I saw the headline on the left. I miss the ones that were so good they would be picked up by other news sites as fact
I knew as soon as I saw the headline on the left. I miss the ones that were so good they would be picked up by other news sites as fact
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12:21AM on 04/01/2012
the easiest, most predictable April Fool's you've ever ran (guessed in miliseconds, yeah I'm cool like that). I guess they're getting predictable these times anyway.
the easiest, most predictable April Fool's you've ever ran (guessed in miliseconds, yeah I'm cool like that). I guess they're getting predictable these times anyway.
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12:02AM on 04/01/2012
You almost had me until I realized what day it is.
You almost had me until I realized what day it is.
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