“Based on the book, First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong by James R. Hansen, First Man will likely end up being one of the best films about space exploration, and perhaps be the next great leap needed for NASA to thrive once more.” -Universal Pictures
Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle’s directs Ryan Gosling again in this documentary-style biopic. Written by Academy Award winner Josh Singer (Spotlight, The Post), Gosling’s portrayal of Neil Armstrong is said to be “A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective” focussed on the man behind the moon mission. It dramatically shows how Armstrong felt about his trip from Earth to the moon rather than the politics or technical aspects of it.
Additional cast members include Emmy and Golden Globe winner Claire Foy (The Crown) as Janet Armstrong, and Corey Stoll (from Ant-man and House of Cards) as Buzz Aldrin.
As First Man prepares for launch next month, Universal Pictures released the third trailer for the film about Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission. The trailer (the third for this film) features a narration of sorts, taken from JFK’s famous “Moon Shot” speech. “Now it is time to take longer strides, time for a great new America enterprise, time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement,” While previous trailers focused on the people and personal elements of Neil’s family and the mission, this trailer combines footage with JFK’s speech to tell a more iconic story.
Perhaps the new film will inspire audiences and remind them just how vital and unifying human space exploration can be. Especially since NASA is again developing plans to send astronauts to the moon, this time alongside private companies like SpaceX, and Virgin Galactic.
First Man lands in theaters on October 12th, 2018. If you don’t feel like waiting for an excellent moon mission films you can fill your time with Apollo 13 or HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon.