The film, First Man, will be based on First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong, a biography of the great explorer written by James Hansen, and will focus on Armstrong’s life in the decade leading up to the moon landing.
Damien Chazelle, who worked with Gosling when he directed the acclaimed 2016 musical La La Land, is attached to the Armstrong biopic. Josh Singer, who co-wrote Spotlight, is handling the script.
Armstrong, who was born in 1930 and died in 2012, was a truly accomplished and private figure. In addition to his role as the first man on the moon (and iconic “one small step for man” quote), the Ohio native was also an accomplished test pilot, professor, and a father of three.
First Man will reportedly start production in early 2017. There’s no hard release date yet, but 2018 seems likely.