The film will be based on First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James Hansen, which chronicles how NASA managed to put a man on the moon, and how former test pilot Armstrong became that man. Oscar-winning Spotlight co-writer Josh Singer is writing the script.
While it’s not the sort of movie Chazelle has made before, following the tense brilliance of the unexpected Whiplash, and now with many expecting La La Land to make a strong showing at the Oscars, he’s proven he can probably handle anything. Gosling would also seem a good choice for the role, as he’s shown he can turn his hand to most thing. And it’s certainly true that an Armstrong biopic is long overdue.