Gosling, Chazelle Re-Team On Astronaut Biopic

Following their success together with “La La Land,” director Damien Chazelle and actor Ryan Gosling are officially re-teaming for the Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man” at Universal Pictures.

Chazelle directs from a script by Oscar-winning Josh Singer (“Spotlight”). Gosling had previously been rumored, but with the script incomplete at the time no formal offer was made.

That’s changed as Variety reports today that Gosling deal has now closed with him set to star and production likely to begin early next year.

Based on James Hansen’s biography, the film deals with NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon along with Neil Armstrong in the years leading up to the landing.

Clint Eastwood had previously been attached to direct when the project was setup at Warners. Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are producing.