Ryan Gosling To Play Neil Armstrong In New Biopic 'First Man'

Gosling will reunite with La La Land director Damien Chazelle

Ryan Gosling, the astronaut, is happening.

The actor is set to play Neil Armstrong in a new biopic led by La La Land director Damien Chazelle, Variety reports.

Based on James Hansen's biography First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, the film, titled First Man, will recount NASA's mission to land a man on the moon. Gosling was reportedly first choice for the lead role, while Josh Singer, who won an Oscar for his Spotlight screenplay, has written the script.

Neil Armstrong inside the Lunar Module, July 1969
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The movie is said to be a first-person account of Armstrong's incredible journey from a navy pilot in 1962, to his Apollo 11 success in 1969. It is also said to explore the "sacrifices and the cost — on Armstrong and on America — of one of the most dangerous space missions in history."

The project, which will reportedly start shooting in early 2017, is sure to be an exciting one, and if Chazelle and Gosling's teamwork in La La Land is anything to go by, it could lead to more critical acclaim for the duo. The musical, which tells the story of a jazz pianist falling for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles, is tipped for an Academy Award and is leading the Golden Globe nominations.

With the La La Land release imminent, and Blade Runner 2049 on the way, it's set to be another great year for one of entertainment's biggest stars.