The actor has closed a deal to reteam with his La La Land director Damien Chazelle for First Man, Universal Pictures’ biopic centering on Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who became the first man to set foot on the moon.
Chazelle (La La Land and Whiplash) has been attached to direct First Man for over two years now, and Gosling’s involvement was rumored a little over a year ago. It seems that Gosling and Chazelle’s partnership has blossomed even more while making their acclaimed and genuinely great new Oscar-toggling film La La Land.
Gosling has had a pretty spectacular 2016, not only with La La Land, but turning in one of the best comedic performances of the year in the supremely under-seen The Nice Guys, and he just finished filming Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049. Looks like he’ll now cap the year off by joining this very promising new project.
The film is based on James Hansen’s biography First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong, which tells the 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, the movie will explore the sacrifices — by Armstrong and by America — of one of the most dangerous space missions in history.
Josh Singer – who won an Oscar for penning Spotlight – wrote First Man based on Hansen’s biography. While First Man will center around Armstrong, it will reportedly also explore the nearly decade-long endeavor to put a man on the moon, and the cost required by both Armstrong and the country to make Apollo 11 a success.
Don’t count on First Man to hit theaters until at least Christmas 2017, if not later. La La Land is dancing on movie screens now, and The Nice Guys is available to own and stream now.
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