Just a few days ago, Universal Pictures released the first pics for First Man, the highly anticipated third feature film from Oscar-winning filmmaker Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land).
Now we have our first trailer.
Written by Oscar-winning Spotlight and The Post co-writer Josh Singer, the film is based on a book by James R. Hansen and chronicles the story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong between the years of 1961 and 1969. Ryan Gosling fills the role of Armstrong in the film, with Emmy-winning The Crown actress Claire Foy playing Armstrong’s wife Janet.
When First Man debuted footage at CinemaCon in April, director Damien Chazelle told audiences that the film would not only look at Armstrong’s first steps on the moon but his personal life leading up to that moment, with a particular interest in his family life and “difficult marriage.”
What is of interest is how the risk of man’s greatest endeavor is being focussed on with this movie. Indeed, landing on the moon was the most significant achievement of the human race so far. Perhaps this spur others to realize how the momentum of space exploration has slowed since then.
Time to rewatch the excellent mini-series From The Earth To The Moon and The Right Stuff with Apollo 13 thrown in for good measure.
First Man opens October 12th.
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