On the heels of their six-time Academy Award-winning ‘La La Land’, Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for ‘First Man’, the story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost — on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and America itself — of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
Chazelle’s interest and stories continue to focus on the cost of achievement…and whether or not excellence is worth the price for those who reach. Just as he reimagined the discipline of mentorship on the road to mastery in ‘Whiplash’ and deconstructed the movie musical in ‘La La Land’, Chazelle now challenges expectations of what a “mission picture” should resemble. Discovering ‘First Man’ alongside numerous collaborators, Chazelle approaches the film from interior angles in order to immerse audiences in this impossible journey.
Portraying the passionate, indomitable, unsung hero Janet Armstrong is Claire Foy (Netflix’s ‘The Crown’) — Neil’s wife and the woman who helped make these times monumental. Although she assumed she’d build her life with someone with an adventurous disposition, Janet grapples with the sacrifices they’re asked to make in this unexpected journey into history. While Neil travels to the heavens to deal with their shared grief of unthinkable loss, Janet must handle the Earthly business of being the backbone of the burgeoning space program. One of the most public faces of NASA families, she led a private life of wondering if she’d chosen this path to shape history…or if fate had done so for the Armstrongs.
FILM: FIRST MAN
CAST: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Jon Bernthal, Pablo Schreiber
DIRECTOR: Damien Chazelle
OPENS ON OCTOBER 26