First Man Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling is going from ‘La La Land’ to the moon, in the Neil Armstrong biopic ‘First Man’.  This film reunites Gosling with director Damien Chazelle, who directed ‘La La Land’, which won six Academy Awards including Best Achievement In Directing and Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role for Emma Stone.  Chazelle’s previous film, ‘Whiplash’ also won three Oscars, including Best Actor In A Supporting Role for J.K. Simmons.  Gosling plays Armstrong, while Claire Foy (Emmy Award winner for ‘The Crown’) plays his wife Janet.  The cast also boasts Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Ethan Embry, Patrick Fugit, Ciarán Hinds, Brian d’Arcy James, Pablo Schreiber, Corey Stoll, and Shea Whigham.

The screenplay for ‘First Man’ was written by Josh Singer (‘Spotlight’, ‘The Post’) based on the book by James R. Hansen.  Singer previously expressed that Chazelle really wanted to emphasize the danger and risk of the moon landing as it was a huge gamble that could have gone wrong in so many ways.  So expect ‘First Man’ to more closely follow the edge-of-your-seat tone of ‘Apollo 13’ than more majestic space travel films.

You can check out the thrilling first trailer below:


On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Universal Pictures has also released two posters for ‘First Man’, one that is more of a teaser and more colorful one that features a closeup of Gosling’s face.

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