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First Man Trailer: Damien Chazelle Travels with Ryan Gosling Into Space

Gosling looks exceptionally young as the then-39-year-old astronaut.

Ryan Gosling suits up as astronaut Neil Armstrong for flight missions in the first trailer for Damien Chazelle's First Man. Screenwriters Josh Singer adapts the historical biopic from James R. Hansen's book about Apollo 11, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, and Chazelle takes on the helm after his musical hit La La Land swept through award circuits back in early 2017. First Man supporting cast includes Claire Foy (The Crown), Corey Stoll (Ant-Man), Kyle Chandler (Game Night), Jason Clarke (Mudbound), Pablo Schreiber (American Gods), Shea Whigham (Kong: Skull Island), Jon Bernthal (Punisher) and Christopher Abbott (It Comes At Night).

We might overlook the wonder of space travel today, but in 1969 the endeavor was an unimaginable miracle. The trailer presents tons of serious technical problems for the NASA scientists and astronauts to handle--not to mention the shadow of death that awaits people involved. The whole process relies on meticulous methods of trial-and-error before official flight.

In accordance with Chazelle's previous films like Whiplash and La La Land, Armstrong's family is present as a supportive basis, but not without doubt and fear on the part of his wife, Janet Shearon (Foy). That's when Gosling comes in with an inspiring line: "... space exploration changes your perception. It allows us to see things that we should've seen a long time ago." Human aspiration couldn't wait to break free from gravity and step on the moon, but it must be certain--or at least be somewhere closest to certainty.

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First Man fits into another piece of the space race narrative, which saw major successes like Apollo 13 and Hidden Figures, but it seems the rise of Flat-Earthers added a comedic flavor into the public discussion. Even though the trailer doesn't pique much interest in terms of thematic significance, Chazelle and Gosling are eager to provide a closer look into one of the most important moment in the histor of science and humanity.

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Source: Universal Pictures

First Man is due in theaters October 12, 2018.