Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle re-team after La La Land with First Man, the true story behind NASA’s first moon landing. This first trailer seems to be playing up the suspense aspect of the mission – will Gosling’s Neil Armstrong make it to the moon or crash and burn (spoiler: he makes it).
My first instincts here are that it doesn’t appear to offer anything The Right Stuff or Apollo 13 didn’t already deliver. That might just be an issue between me and the marketing department and Universal Pictures. However, I’ll give it a shot because I’m a huge fan of Chazelle’s Whiplash, which is a modern-day masterpiece.
The big question is: will there be space for a Stanley Kubrick cameo?
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.
First Man takes flight on 12 October, 2018.