First Man is an upcoming American biographical adventure film directed by Damien Chazelle and the screenplay written by Josh Singer, based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen. The film stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, alongside Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Shea Whigham, and Christopher Abbott, and depicts the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Steven Spielberg serves as an executive producer. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 12, 2018.
In 2003, Clint Eastwood and Warner Bros. bought the film rights to the Neil Armstrong biography First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong written by James R. Hansen. Universal Pictures bought the rights later and planned to make a film of the book, with title First Man.
On November 24, 2015, it was announced that Ryan Gosling was cast to play the titular role, while Damien Chazelle would direct from a script by Josh Singer and Nicole Perlman. In March 2017, the film received a release date of October 12, 2018.
In May 2017, it was revealed that Claire Foy was fielding an offer to costar in the film. In June 2017, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll and Jason Clarke joined the cast.In July 2017, Shea Whigham joined the cast while Foy was confirmed to have signed on. In August 2017, Jon Bernthal joined the cast. A month later, Brian d’Arcy James joined the cast. In October 2017, Pablo Schreiber, Patrick Fugit, Cory Michael Smith, and Skyler Bible joined the cast.It was later revealed Christopher Abbott had been cast in the film, having replaced Jon Bernthal when the latter had to bow out due to a “family emergency.”
Principal production commenced in Atlanta, Georgia, in late October 2017 and concluded in February 2018. Select scenes were filmed using IMAX 70mm cameras