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Ryan Gosling Confirmed to Reteam With Damien Chazelle for Neil Armstrong Biopic ‘First Man’

Written by on December 29, 2016 

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Update: The film has been set for an October 12, 2018 release.

After dancing through the city of stars, Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle are ascending to the constellations. Last year, early word circulated that the La La Land duo would reteam for the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, but now it’s finally been confirmed the reunion is a go — and we may be seeing the results sooner than expected.

According to Variety, the Universal Pictures project is aiming to shoot early next year, which means we could get it by 2018. Adapted by Josh Singer (Spotlight) and based on James Hansen‘s book First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong, it will depict the years from 1961 to 1969 as NASA tried to get a man on the moon, leading up to one of history’s most dangerous missions. After upping the scale with his latest project, it sounds like Chazelle is making the next logical leap with the interstellar.

“He’s fascinating,” Chazelle says of Armstrong to Vogue. “An entire country and the whole world put their hopes and fears onto this one person who now feels almost un-human. That period has been so encased in amber, as though those guys on the moon trip were Greek gods, when they were actually humans doing this crazy thing. I’m working on it with Ryan and Josh Singer, who wrote Spotlight. It’s not a biopic, just about the years around the flight.”

As we await more details, check out a new video essay on Chazelle’s break-out film Whiplash and how it compares to Black Swan, along with our discussion of La La Land.


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