Actor Ryan Gosling and director Damien Chazelle didn’t wait long to team up again. Following the critical and commercial success of La La Land, Universal Pictures announced on December 29th that the two will bring a Neil Armstrong biopic to the big screen.
Chazelle will be directing a script written by the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Spotlight, Josh Singer. Gosling was the first choice for the role and Variety has reported that he has agreed to do it. The film will begin shooting in 2017.
Judging by Chazelle’s last two films (Whiplash, La La Land) it’s somewhat surprising this biopic isn’t about Louis Armstrong. Jazz is heavily incorporated into the soundtrack and plots of both of these films, and Armstrong is one of the most famous jazz musicians of all time. But alas, Gosling would probably not be able to star in that one.
The Neil Armstrong biopic will be based on James Hansen’s biography, “First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong.” Clint Eastwood was originally slated to direct the film, but those plans fell through. With Chazelle on board, it is in good hands.