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Ryan Gosling to star in Neil Armstrong biopic First Man

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Story by Jack Foley

RYAN Gosling is to play legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong in the new biopic First Man.

The actor will re-team with La La Land director Damien Chazelle for the project, which will follow Armstrong’s journey to becoming the first man to set foot on the moon.

The film will be adapted from the book First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James Hansen. Josh Singer, the Oscar-winning co-writer of Spotlight, has already penned the script.

Armstrong began his career serving as a Navy bombing pilot during World War II, before becoming a test pilot in the 1950 and 1960s.

The movie will aim to tell the story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on the years 1961 to 1969, according to studio sources.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the aim is to explore the sacrifices and the cost on Armstrong as well as the nation of undertaking one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Gosling has been orbiting the project since late 2015, but a deal was only concluded earlier this month.

The actor is currently riding the acclaim from Chazelle’s musical homage La La Land and is expected to land an Oscar nomination for the role, which sees him starring alongside Emma Stone. La La Land itself is among the front-runners to be named Best Film. It opens in UK cinemas in January.

Gosling has also just completed work on another keenly anticipated project, Blade Runner 2049 with Harrison, for director Denis Villeneuve.

Shooting on First Man is currently scheduled to begin sometime in 2017.

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