Chazelle has signed on to direct First Man, a biopic on the first man to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong. And Gosling’s in the lead.
The Universal Pictures project is based on James Hansen’s book First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong and comes with a screenplay by Josh Singer, whose credits include The West Wing, The Fifth Estate and last year’s Best Picture winner Spotlight.
As reported by THR:
The movie will aim to tell the story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, specifically the years 1961 to 1969, according to studio sources. The goal is to explore the sacrifices and the cost — on Armstrong and on the nation — of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
First Man, produced by Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (The Maze Runner, Twilight, The Fault in Our Stars), is expected to start shooting next year.
Chazelle has been on the up and up in the last few years. The Rhode Island-born filmmaker made his feature directorial debut with the fantastic 2015 film Whiplash, which earned him a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination. His follow-up, La La Land, has been earning rave reviews and has locked in 7 nominations at the upcoming Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Actor for Gosling and Best Director.
Next up for Gosling is Terrence Malick’s Weightless, scheduled to hit the US on March 17. He’s also starring alongside Harrison Ford in the highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049, set for US release on October 6.