Ryan Gosling has been confirmed to play the lead in the Neil Armstrong biopic. Amid Oscar buzz for his movie La La Land, the 36-year-old actor is set to reunite with director Damien Chazelle in First Man, a movie about Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The upcoming feature film is adapted from the book First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James Hansen. Depicting NASA’s space program from 1961 to 1969, it is scripted by Josh Singer, the Oscar-winning co-writer of another true-story movie Spotlight.
Armstrong was a World War II vet who later became a test pilot. The movie is expected to explore the sacrifices and the cost - on Armstrong and on the nation - of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
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