First Man

First Man
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 18min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Damien Chazelle
  • Cast: Ryan Gosling, Corey Stoll, Claire Foy
  • UK release: 12 October 2018

Biopic of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong (Gosling), with subtle and unshowy performances from Gosling and from Foy as his no-BS wife Jan. An intimate and moving character drama with raw and visceral space-peril thrills and a hero whose fame rests on modesty, curiosity and problem-solving purposefulness.

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Based on the book by James R Hansen this is the story of Neil Armstrong, the First Man to set foot on the Moon. Focusing on the years between 1961 and 1969, the film follows Armstrong’s life and the sacrifices he made to complete one of the most dangerous missions in history, on NASA’s Apollo 11. Director Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling reunite their multi-Oscar-winning partnership following the succes of La La Land.

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Justin Hurwitz channelled 'loss, pain, grief and loneliness' for First Man

14 Jan 2019

Film gossip

Damien Chazelle wanted Justin Hurwitz to channel "loss, pain, grief [and] loneliness" in the score for 'First Man'. The 33-year-old composer – who worked with the director on the hit 2016 musical 'La La Land' – has revealed that "themes are very…

First Man

8 Oct 20185 stars

Enthralling, technically exceptional Neil Armstrong biopic, reuniting Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling

Not resting on his laurels as the youngest-ever recipient of the Best Director Academy Award, Damien Chazelle has tackled a big prestige picture and crafted an enthralling, immersive account of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the historic July day in 1969…

Jason Clarke dismisses First Man criticism

2 Sep 2018

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Jason Clarke has dismissed criticism that 'First Man' is anti-American. Ryan Gosling portrays late astronaut Neil Armstrong in the drama, which retells NASA's mission to land a man on the moon for the first time, and the movie received criticism after…

Damien Chazelle defends First Man anti-American allegations

1 Sep 2018

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Damien Chazelle and Neil Armstrong's sons have defended accusations that new movie 'First Man' is anti-American. Ryan Gosling portrays late astronaut Armstrong in the drama, which retells NASA's mission to land a man on the moon for the first time, and…

Ryan Gosling received most help ever in First Man

30 Aug 2018

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Ryan Gosling has never had as much help for a role as he did for 'First Man'. The 37-year-old actor portrays late astronaut Neil Armstrong in the drama, which retells NASA's mission to land a man on the moon for the first time, and the Hollywood star…

Ryan Gosling's astronaut movie to open Venice Film Festival

19 Jul 2018

Film gossip

Ryan Gosling's new movie about Neil Armstrong is set to open the Venice Film Festival. The 37-year-old actor will play the first man to walk on the Moon in the biographical film, titled 'First Man', and it's now been announced the movie will open this…

Cory Michael Smith joins Neil Armstrong biopic

18 Oct 2017

Film gossip

Cory Michael Smith is set to join Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong biopic 'First Man'. The 30-year-old actor - who is best known for playing The Riddler in 'Gotham' - is going to be cast as astronaut Roger Chaffee in 'La La Land' filmmaker Chazelle's…

Pablo Schreiber set for Jim Lovell role in First Man

3 Oct 2017

Film gossip

Pablo Schreiber has been cast to star as astronaut Jim Lovell in 'First Man'. The 39-year-old 'American Gods' actor has joined 'La La Land' star Ryan Gosling in the new Neil Armstrong biopic by Damien Chazelle about the first men on the moon, Deadline…

Claire Foy to star in Neil Armstrong biopic

30 Jun 2017

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Claire Foy has been cast in 'First Man', the new biopic about Neil Armstrong. The 33-year-old actress - who is currently starring in Netflix's 'The Crown' - has signed up to play the astronaut's wife Janet in the new film, directed by 'La La Land's…

Ryan Gosling to star in Neil Armstrong biopic

30 Dec 2016

Film gossip

Ryan Gosling will star as astronaut Neil Armstrong in a new biopic. The star will reunite with his 'La La Land' director Damien Chazelle for 'First Mam', which tells the true story of Neil's mission to the moon in 1969. The movie will also cover…

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