With the success of Whiplash and La La Land, director Damien Chazelle has proven to be a multi-faceted director. The filmmaker will be re-teaming with one of his La La Land stars for an out of this world biopic. Per Variety:
Oscar-nominated director Damien Chazelle and his “La La Land” star Ryan Gosling are officially set to reteam on Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man” for Universal Pictures.
Chazelle is directing a script by Oscar-winning “Spotlight” scribe Josh Singer. Previously reports said that Gosling was the choice for the role but at the time a script was still being written and no formal offer had been delivered.
Sources now tell Variety that a deal is closed for Gosling to star and it is likely that the film will shoot in early 2017.
The pic is based on James Hansen’s biography “First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong” and tells the story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969.
It’s a bit of a surprise that we never got a Neil Armstrong biopic earlier, but the advances in special effects should make this a worthwhile endeavor. Definitely looking forward to this.