Whiplash Helmer Nabs Neil Armstrong Biopic

“Whiplash” director and “Grand Piano” scribe Damien Chazelle has signed on to direct the Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man” at Universal Pictures. Josh Singer (“The Fifth Estate”) will pen the adapted screenplay, based on James R. Hansen’s book.

Before becoming the first man to step on the moon in 1969, Armstrong flew 78 missions as a Navy pilot before the age of 23. He served as a test pilot in the 1950s before moving to NASA in the early 1960s and quickly rose through the ranks to lead the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

Hansen was granted full access to Neil Armstrong’s family and NASA when he wrote the book. The film adaptation will NOT be the next one for Chazelle who is slated to direct the dramatic comedy “La La Land” next.

Source: The L.A. Times