'First Man': Ryan Gosling is Neil Armstrong in biopic

Deanna Kelley
June 11, 2018

Ryan Gosling is all suited up for First Man. The film is based on James Hansen's book "First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong". Following astronaut adventures like The Right Stuff and Hidden Figures, First Man focuses on Neil Armstrong and his spacefaring buddies at NASA during the Apollo moonshot missions of the late 1960s. We then get a glimpse at several key moments in Armstrong's life as he prepares to become the first human being ever to set foot on the moon.

So far, the Best Picture race appears to be MAJOR SLIM PICKENS so First Man will be like that first hunk of meat thrown to starving lions.

The film shows everything experienced by Armstrong from his days of training for the risky mission, to how it affected his family life, right through to the actual experience of the journey. Does the poster remind you of one for Mission: Impossible as it does me?

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What's striking here is how much they're playing up the danger and the risk, both elements we tend to forget about because the mission was a success. Mowgli, Aviron's Serenity and Annapurna's Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

First Man launches on 12 October this year.

The cast also includes Claire Foy as Janet Armstrong, Pablo Schreiber as Jim Lovell, Kyle Chandler as Deke Slayton, Ethan Embry as Pete Conrad, Corey Stoll as Buzz Aldrin, Lukas Haas as Mike Collins, Jason Clarke as Edward Higgins Wright, Shea Whigham as Gus Grissom and Cory Michael Smith as Roger Chaffee.

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