Ryan Gosling is taking one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind. The 36-year-old Canadian actor will play Neil Armstrong in an upcoming biopic. The military vet turned American astronaut became the first person to walk on the Moon on July 21, 1969 as part of Apollo 11.
Josh Singer, who won a screenplay Oscar for Spotlight, wrote First Man based on James Hansen’s biography, First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong. Gosling will reunite with his La La Land director, Damien Chazelle, for the upcoming Universal Pictures film. When the project was with Warner Bros, Clint Eastwood was attached to direct and produce.
Variety reports, the movie “tells the story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost — on Armstrong and on America — of one of the most dangerous space missions in history.”
Gosling has two huge pictures coming out in 2017- Weightless co-starring Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett and the highly-anticipated Blade Runner 2049. What do you think of his latest role? Is he the right man to play this historic American figure? Sound off below.