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Damien Chazelle, who directed the Sundance sensation "Whiplash," is in talks to direct "First Man," a biopic set up at Universal that tells the story of Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who became the first man to set foot on the moon, Hollywood Reporter reports.
Additionally, Josh Singer is being tapped to pen the script, which adapts the book First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James Hansen. Hansen had full access to Armstrong's family as well as NASA when he wrote the tome.

The move brings a new bounce to the project, which has been around for more than 10 years and was at one point set up at Warner Bros. with Clint Eastwood attached to produce and direct.

Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment, coming off a nice opening weekend with "The Maze Runner," are producing.

..."First Man," however, won’t be Chazelle's next film. That is likely to be "La La Land," a musical set up at Lionsgate that has [Miles] Teller and Emma Watson attached to star.

Singer wrote "The Fifth Estate," the story of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. He also wrote "Spotlight," the story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the Catholic church sex abuse scandal that is in preproduction, with Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams to star.

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Filmmaker, TV network take small steps to Neil Armstrong biopics

..."Space enthusiasts need to know that it is not going to be an "Apollo 13" or a "From the Earth to the Moon," Hansen told collectSPACE.com. "It is going to be sharply-edged, penetrating character study."

"I am going to be deeply involved in this film, especially as the screenplay is written, and I will do everything I can to make it an honest story," he added.

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Actor Ryan Gosling is reportedly being courted to play Neil Armstrong in Universal Studios' "First Man"-based biopic by director Damien Chazelle and scriptwriter Josh Singer, Deadline reports.
...Chazelle and Gosling are currently together making La La Land, the musical film set in contemporary Los Angeles and starring Gosling as a jazz pianist and Emma Stone as the aspiring actress he falls in love with.

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Director Damien Chazelle briefly discussed his Armstrong movie with Vogue magazine.
...my next movie is about [moon-landing astronaut] Neil Armstrong...

Neil Armstrong? Why?

Because he's fascinating. An entire country and the whole world put their hopes and fears onto this one person who now feels almost un-human. That period has been so encased in amber, as though those guys on the moon trip were Greek gods, when they were actually humans doing this crazy thing. I'm working on it with Ryan and Josh Singer, who wrote "Spotlight." It's not a biopic, just about the years around the flight.

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Ryan Gosling? Don't see it. From "the Notebook" to "La La Land," Ryan has always been a sex symbol, GQ, kind of guy. Even though it is acting, don't see it a stretch to play a stoic, engineering-minded no-nonsense guy. Ryan must need the money as this is in no way a challenging acting role.

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Ryan Gosling to portray Neil Armstrong in Universal biopic 'First Man'

Actor Ryan Gosling will portray Neil Armstrong in Universal Studios' biopic about the Apollo 11 astronaut, "First Man," to be directed by Damien Chazelle.

Gosling, who currently stars in Chazelle's latest movie, "La La Land," now in theaters, secured the deal to appear as the first moonwalker this month.

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Bad casting...

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Gosling has had his share of dramatic roles, is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated actor and is clearly comfortable working with Damien Chazelle, who is equally celebrated ("La La Land" is one of the top movies this awards season). I think he has potential and only time will tell how well he conforms to the role.

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He's a good (if slightly dull) actor but I'll stick with my opinion that he's the wrong person to play Armstrong. Looks like he was selected purely for box office and not for what he can bring to the role.

Also, what's a Canadian doing playing this iconic American!

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I agree with Dom. Very bad casting. He probably doesn't even know who Neil Armstrong was.

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So, the guy wasn't around when Apollo 11 landed and not a U.S. citizen. The guy is an actor. He doesn't have to be a space fan to play the part.

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Many other actors could play this part. Agree with others on cS, bad casting, box office appeal exclusively. Most of us have read the book, the CGI is gonna have to be good to carry this film.

It just seems we've seen the original, Clint Eastwood lost interest and he knows more than most what it could take to make this click.

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I heard anecdotally that Clint Eastwood and Neil Armstrong met, I presume when they were discussing the film option on the book. Apparently they did not get along. Perhaps that is why Eastwood dropped the movie.

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I was impressed with the two films I saw directed by Damein Chazelle. "Whiplash" was excellent and I just saw "La La Land" earlier this week and believe it will win best picture this year.

Ryan Gosling is a good actor. If he can learn to sing and play the piano in "La La Land" (he did all his own performing) I am sure he can learn to "fly" a movie effects X-15, Gemini spacecraft, LLRV or lunar module in a movie.

This project has kicked around since the book came out after Clint dropped out. If its going to get made it is going to take star power and both these guys have it right now.

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It's not a biopic, just about the years around the flight.
So if it's not a biopic, what is it? And "about the years around the flight" mean before, during and after the moon landing? Images of the moonwalk will be shown?

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The studio synopsis, cited in yesterday's article, says that the film will cover the years of Armstrong's life "from X-15 pilot to Gemini astronaut to commander of Apollo 11." For more than that, we'll have to wait for future studio announcements.

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I think Gosling is a nice choice. His performance in Drive was amazing. One of the best I've ever seen by a leading actor. I'm encouraged...

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What some of us who do not like the casting decision of Ryan Gosling are trying to say is, he is over qualified for this character, and clearly because of the "hotness" of this actor/director (which I'm not impressed with his movies) they are clearly going for box office, not longevity.

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No major studio makes movies for the legacy of making them; they are businesses and produce films to make money. It is the performance of the director, crew and cast that decides if a film will stand the test of time.

Chazelle's previous two movies haven't been "flashes in the pan," so to speak. Obviously it is too soon to say if they will still be hailed in the decades to come, but they were celebrated for more than their box office performance.

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Everyone on this forum should simply be excited to learn the fact that the film will be made. Similar to the autograph shows, we all here tend to focus far to much on who isn't attending from the astronaut roster than who is scheduled to appear.

Let's not get to picky about the actors. We should just feel lucky that Hollywood deems the First Man's story worth telling.

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It is the audiences who determine the "legacy" of films. A formula no one really has ever known if it will or not, one of the reasons the newer generations come up with remakes of older classics, and usually fail to be successful at that.

Thousands of films are made every year with great acting and crew performances and never see the light of day in industry award nominations. It is not the performance of a crew or actors, but the audience's desire to repeatedly watch what they perceive to be an escapism or desire to watch what's "on the screen." Also many performances are not great quality, or whatever you were trying to bring about, but resonate a connection between its audience members, in whatever format they are viewing the film.

Many major studio films are made which should never see the light of day, and unfortunately, most films are never made which would illuminate our day, regardless of their category.

Perhaps those whom disagree with the casting decisions made thus far, fail to see any quality connection between what they wish Neil Armstrong to be remembered as, and are not heartened by the obvious box office appeal this major studio has initially projected.

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In my humble opinion, Matt Damon would have been the perfect choice as he looks like Armstrong and displays many of the same personality traits - you would genuinely believe him as the Apollo astronaut.

Unfortunately, he did "The Martian" instead.

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Picking a star usually overwhelms the role.

For example, when Clooney played Bruce Wayne, his personality destroyed the character being portrayed. Picking an unknown would've been a better choice. Of course, I've never made any movies!

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Could anybody have seen Tom Hanks, whose last role was Forrest Gump, being successful as Jim Lovell?

It's Hollywood. Nothing there ever seems to make sense.

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Five actors who have already played Neil.

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Fact is, movie making is like sports. Studios go with the hot hand and both Chazelle as director and Gosling as actor have the hot hand at the moment.

I enjoyed Chazelle's film "Whiplash." And while not a fan of musicals I went to see "La La Land" earlier this week and can say it was one of the best films I have seen I awhile.

Without star power, this project has kicked around for years. And now it looks like it may finally get made.

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I am not totally blown away by the concept of Ryan Gosling as Armstrong, but that said, in "Drive," he had an aloof quality, combined with quiet confidence, that I feel fits the way Armstrong was described by some. He doesn't fit the look totally, but he may be able to pull off the personality.

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I'll reserve judgement until I see the movie. Sometimes curious casting works, other times not: we all recall Tom Cruise being cast as the six-foot something Lee Child's adventurer Jack Reacher. Now THAT was a stretch in so many ways!

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And let's not forget Mel Gibson portraying a man who was reputed to be 6 feet, 7 inches tall in "Braveheart"...

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Tom Cruise is 5'7", Mel Gibson 5'10", both far better actors than Ryan Gosling, a 6'1" man, who shall be portraying a 5'9" Neil, the man who walked on the moon exactly 33 years to the day he first flew in an airplane in Warren, Ohio, according to Wikipedia.

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According to "First Man" (the book), Armstrong didn't recall what date he made his first flight, but Hansen cites a volunteer group working at the Warren airport as it being on July 26, 1936.

And according to the Apollo 11 press kit, Armstrong was 5 feet, 11 inches tall.

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I always thought Viggo Mortensen would have looked the part, but at 58 he's too old now.

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Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling each won Golden Globes tonight for Best Director and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, respectively. Chazelle was also honored for Best Screenplay for "La La Land," and the film won Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical.

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I always thought Viggo Mortensen would have looked the part, but at 58 he's too old now.
Viggo Mortensen, whom I've met and was at this year's Golden Globes, looks nothing like Neil I think.

"La La Land" set a Golden Globe record with seven wins, thusly increasing the chances the "First Man" picture may actually make a profit, depending on how quickly it is released, based upon momentum, perhaps near the date of the DVD release of "La La Land"?

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Huh? How does "La La Land" (a musical) Golden Globe success guarantee a profit from a yet-to-be released (filmed!) completely different movie (a "biopic")?

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I didn't think Eddie Redmayne was going to make a good Stephen Hawking, or Damian Lewis was going to be a good Dick Winters but I was happily proved wrong on both occasions.

Let's not forget Armstrong was filmed and interviewed for the best part of 50 years of his life so Gosling will have plenty of archive material to watch to capture mannerisms and vocal tics, etc. I'm going to look forward to a great story told by great storytellers.

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I agree with the sentiment posted by some that we should wait till the movie comes out to reserve judgment. As for the choice of Gosling; the fact that he's Canadian and is going to portray an American icon shouldn't put off some people. After all, two Canucks played historical figures in the past: Raymond Massey was Abe Lincoln, and Bruce Greenwood, JFK.

Regarding age, similar stature, etc., of actor and his/her subject; in the current film "Jackie" Natalie Portman looks nothing like Jackie Kennedy but is winning rave reviews for capturing her essence and hard-to-capture voice without resorting to impersonation.

And sometimes a film with an aerospace subject and its leading man can be badly cast, despite the talent: Jimmy Stewart, an accomplished pilot and WW2 veteran, was two decades too old to portray Charles Lindbergh in the movie "Spirit of St. Louis," although he did most of the flying in a Spirit replica and the film is well-regarded today.

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Am I the only one who recalls how little some of the actors from, "The Earth to the Moon" looked like their real-life counterparts? A few were well cast, like Borman, Bean and Conrad, but some of the others looked nothing like the men they were portraying. And people didn't go nuts.
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Jimmy Stewart, an accomplished pilot and WW2 veteran, was two decades too old to portray Charles Lindbergh...
Not to mention the same man as Glenn Miller!

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How does "La La Land" (a musical) Golden Globe success guarantee a profit...
Ryan Gosling momentum would help bring people towards this film (a "La La Land" DVD release in a close timeframe would keep Ryan fresh in the news), which is how it would benefit "First Man."

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Gosling will star with Harrison Ford in "Blade Runner 2049," opening in theaters in October, before "First Man" is released.


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