Ryan Gosling is ready to blast-off into outer space as Neil Armstrong in the first photos for his new film “First Man”.
In an exclusive release to People, Universal Studios debuted the pictures of the Canadian actor as astronaut Neil Armstrong.
The film re-teams the Oscar-nominated Gosling and his “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle, to tell the story of Armstrong’s sensational journey into space to become the first person to walk on the moon.
“What fascinated me about Neil Armstrong is that he is kind of a mystery,” Chazelle told People. “For someone that accomplished something that is among one of the most famous things that anyone has ever accomplished, the human himself is a little bit of an enigma. And it’s funny, the first time I ever met Ryan was to pitch him this role, before we did ‘La La Land’ together, so it was a dream to have him in this role.”
Chazelle also shared why he knew Gosling was the only person who could serve the role as Armstrong. “I was fascinated by the psychology of what can drive someone to do what Neil Armstrong did, to physically go further than any human being in history pretty much, in terms of the journey he goes on,” he explained. “I think Ryan is able to capture that kind of drive, that kind of methodical focus, that kind of quiet heroism.”
“Neil was not a showy person. A lot of the other astronauts and pilots of that era were what you expect, the outgoing, hotshot types, but Neil was very different,” the director added. “He was the brainier, quieter, more introverted person and he’s a man of few words who did the job and got it done. I see a little bit of Ryan in that as well and I think Ryan was able to capture it beautifully.”
Gosling will be starring alongside “The Crown”‘s leading lady, Claire Foy who will be playing Janet Armstrong. Chazelle said he was surprised how quickly and effortlessly Gosling and Foy took on the roles of a married couple and parents to three children.
“Ryan and Claire Foy had never worked together, but I remember right from the beginning they just slipped into these roles, and just became a family on camera,” he told People. “There was this sort of chemistry and bond between Ryan and Claire onscreen that really felt like the young Neil and Janet Armstrong that I had read about.”
“First Man” launches into theatres Oct. 12, 2018, co-starring Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Patrick Fugit, Christopher Abbott, Ciaran Hinds, Ethan Embry, Shea Whigham, Corey Stoll and Pablo Schreiber.