Saturday, 18 February 2017

Ryan Gosling set to star in Neil Armstrong biopic

Currently on our screens in the musical drama La La Land, Ryan Gosling and director Damien Chazelle are already set to work together again, with news arriving via Variety that Gosling is set play astronaut Neil Armstrong in Chazelle's biopic First Man.

The biopic, which Spotlight co-writer Josh Singer is busy adapting is based on the book First Man: The Life Of Neil A. Armstrong by James Hansen. Armstrong was, of course, the first man to walk on the surface of the moon. It will chronicle his time as a Navy bomber flyer and then test pilot, where he would push planes to the limit and beyond. In the 1960s, he was recruited to work for NASA, rising up the ranks and ending up leading the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969.

Chazelle has been attached to the film since just after Whiplash (2014), and Gosling has always been his first choice for the role. Gosling was first mentioned in connection with the role back in November 2015, but various other commitments – such as the small matter of Blade Runner 2049 – were in the way. With decks are now clear, all the deals are signed and the film is finally ready to hit the launching pad.

Shooting is expected to take place this year. Hansen's book, meanwhile, is published in the UK by Simon & Schuster.

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