Ryan Gosling Circling Neil Armstrong Role in Biopic from 'Whiplash' Director

A new report indicates that Oscar-nominated actor Ryan Gosling is in talks to star as famed astronaut -- and first man on the moon -- Neil Armstrong, in the aptly titled biopic "First Man." The film is currently being written by Josh Singer ("Spotlight"), and is set to be directed by Damien Chazelle ("Whiplash") for Universal.

According to Deadline, "First Man" is based on the biography from James Hansen, called "First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong," as well as the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, which is coming on its fiftieth anniversary.

Gosling and Chazelle are teaming up for the second time, after their collaboration on the musical film "La La Land," co-starring Emma Stone -- which is currently set for a July 15, 2016 release by Lionsgate.

"First Man" hasn't been given a release date, but you can catch Gosling next in Adam McKay's drama "The Big Short," alongside Brad Pitt and Steve Carell, in theatres on December 23.

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