Ryan Gosling is moving into true leading man territory with his next endeavor. The 36-year-old actor has finished a deal to star in First Man, the Neil Armstrong biopic from Universal. The contract will reunite Gosling with his La La Land director, Damien Chazelle, who'll helm the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Armstrong was, of course, the first human being to walk on the moon. He's probably the most famous astronaut who ever lived, depending on where you grew up in the world. This movie is long overdue and Gosling has, according to THR, been rumored for the lead since 2015.
The film is an adaptation of First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen. Josh Singer, Oscar-winner for Spotlight, will handle script duties.
Gosling's star continues to rise. He's currently the toast of the town for La La Land and this new project should only bolster the resume. Astronaut movies are a good way to curry Oscar's favor, although it could be argued Gosling doesn't need help with that. He's already got a Best Actor nomination for Half Nelson and seems headed for another one this year for the oft-mentioned Land of La La. He's deserving
See Gosling in Blade Runner 2049 first though. We likely won't get a crack at First Man until 2018.
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