First Man (2018)
A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
Director: Damien Chazelle
Writers: Josh Singer (screenplay by), James R. Hansen (based on the book by)
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke | See full cast & crew
The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on August 29, 2018. It screened at the Telluride Film Festival on August 31, 2018, and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2018. It is scheduled to be released on October 12, 2018, by Universal Pictures.
In early 2003, actor-director Clint Eastwood and production people at the studio Warner Bros. bought the film rights to James R. Hansen’s First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong. Eastwood had previously directed as well as starred in the 2000 space-themed picture Space Cowboys, though he stated that he would likely not appear on camera in First Man.
Universal and DreamWorks ultimately took up the First Man project in the mid-2010s. Damien Chazelle, who received critical acclaim for his work in 2016’s La La Land, signed onto the film’s production. Gosling, who starred in La La Land, joined as well to portray Armstrong. Hansen was hired to co-produce the film because of his role as the book’s author. Wyck Godfrey will produce the film through Temple Hill Entertainment.