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First trailer for 'First Man' launches Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong

June 8, 2018

— Universal Pictures has released a first look at "First Man."

The studio on Friday (June 8) posted its first trailer for "First Man," director Damien Chazelle's feature film starring actor Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

"A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost – on Armstrong and on the nation – of one of the most dangerous missions in history," reads the movie's official website.

The trailer sets up the film's focus on Armstrong, his years as a research test pilot and then as an astronaut, building up to what the movie's tagline describes as the "impossible journey to the moon." In July 1969, Armstrong commanded Apollo 11, NASA's first mission to land humans on the moon.

The two-minute teaser provides quick glimpses of Armstrong (Gosling) piloting the X-15 rocket plane and as command pilot for his first spaceflight, Gemini 8 in 1966.

The trailer also includes scenes based on Armstrong's private life, in particular his relationship with his first wife Janet, played by Claire Foy ("The Crown"), and with his children.

Opening in U.S. theaters Oct. 12, "First Man" reteams Chazelle and Gosling, who worked together on the 2016 "La La Land." Screenwriter Josh Singer ("Spotlight," "The Post") adapted Hansen's 2005 biography of Armstrong for the film.

"First Man" also features actors Corey Stoll and Lukas Haas as Armstrong's Apollo 11 crewmates Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins, Christopher Abbott as Gemini 8 pilot David Scott, and Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler and Pablo Schreiber as astronauts Ed White, Deke Slayton and Jim Lovell.


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