After the success of last year’s ‘La La Land’, Ryan Gosling is reuniting with director Damien Chazelle for ‘First Man’, a biopic based on the life of Neil Armstrong, based on the authorized book by James R. Hansen. Gosling, of course, portrays Armstrong himself. The cast also includes Jon Bernthal (‘The Punisher’, ‘The Walking Dead’), Kyle Chandler (‘Bloodline’, ‘Godzilla: King of Monsters’), Claire Foy (‘The Crown’), Jason Clarke (‘Terminator: Genisys’, ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’) and Corey Stoll (‘Ant-Man’, ‘The Strain’).
Now, the latest addition is Pablo Schreiber who will portray Jim Lovell, the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which encountered a terrible malfunction on its way to the moon. These events were previously depicted in the film ‘Apollo 13’, with Tom Hanks depicting Lovell. That film won two technical Academy Awards, though it received many more nominations, including for much of the cast.
Lovell “is one of only 24 people to have flown to the moon, the first of only three to fly to the big rock twice and the only one to have flown there twice without making an actual landing. He also is the first person to fly in space four times.”
As for Schreiber (the brother of Liev), he recently appeared as Mad Sweeney, the foul-mouthed, down-on-his-luck leprechaun who encounters Mister Wednesday, Shadow and Laura Moon on STARZ’ ‘American Gods’. Before that, he was a breakout star of Netflix’s ‘Orange is the New Black’ as prison guard George “Pornstache” Mendez. Schreiber is currently shooting ‘Skyscraper’ opposite Dwayne Johnson.
As for ‘First Man’, although the cast is still being assembled, the film is in pre-production and is due to be released in theaters in about a year on October 12, 2018. Though the film is based on Hansen’s book, the screenplay was penned by Josh Singer, who won an Oscar for another true-life film ‘Spotlight’ in 2016.
Are you intrigued to see the life of Neil Armstrong brought to life in ‘First Man’? What do you think of Schreiber’s casting?