‘First Man’ Trailer: Ryan Gosling Heads to the Moon with ‘La La Land’ Director Damien Chazelle

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The first trailer has arrived for First Man, a Neil Armstrong biopic that reunites Ryan Gosling with Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash).

Gosling plays the first man to step foot on the moon in the upcoming film, based on the book by James R. Hansen. The screenplay comes from Josh Singer, who earned an Oscar for Spotlight and who also co-wrote Steven Spielberg’s The Post.

It’s the type of film that, assuming it’s as good as it looks, appears poised for award love. A biopic, a great director and screenwriter, and much of the same team behind six-time Oscar-winning film La La Land, including music by two-time Oscar winner Justin Hurwitz, cinematography by Oscar winner Linus Sandgren, and editor Tom Cross, who won an Oscar for Chazelle’s Whiplash. Plus, there’s also a great cast, with Claire Foy (The Crown, The Girl in the Spider’s Web) as Janet Armstrong, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Ciarán Hinds, Corey Stoll and Pablo Schreiber.

Although it may provide a few too many snippets from the film, it’s a promising trailer. It brings to mind Apollo 13, with a focus on character and the toll a feat of this nature can have on individuals and their families. We can’t wait.

First Man will be arriving in Australia on October 11 and hits US cinemas on October 12.

Official synopsis for First Man:

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.


Written by Academy Award® winner Josh Singer (Spotlight), the drama is produced by Wyck Godfrey & Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars) through their Temple Hill Entertainment banner, alongside Chazelle and Gosling. Isaac Klausner (The Fault in Our Stars) executive produces. Amblin Entertainment co-finances the film.

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