Damien Chazelle’s First Man has added American Gods star Pablo Schreiber in the role of Jim Lovell, one of the Apollo astronauts who didn’t set foot on the moon. Ryan Gosling will play Neil Armstrong and Corey Stoll will play Buzz Aldrin in the Universal film based on the Armstrong biography First Man by James R. Hansen.
Clint Eastwood was originally lined up to direct First Man for Warner Bros, but when that fell through the project passed to Universal. Chazelle and Gosling were announced to be re-teaming for First Man in late 2016, while their hit musical La La Land was still in the process of snapping up awards (though not the Oscar for Best Picture, as it eventually turned out). Described as a “visceral, first-person account,” First Man will zoom in on Armstrong during the years 1961-1969, chronicling the hardships endured by the man and his nation during that most tumultuous and historic of decades.
With Gosling in place, First Man is now filling out its supporting cast, adding American Gods star Pablo Schreiber in the role of astronaut Jim Lovell (via Tracking Board). Though Lovell was not on-board the historic Apollo 11 mission, he was a central participant in the Apollo program as a whole, commanding the Apollo 8 mission that first put humans in orbit around the moon. Lovell would later command the famous Apollo 13 mission, a near-catastrophe chronicled by Ron Howard in his smash hit 1995 film Apollo 13 starring Tom Hanks as Lovell.
Stepping into a role previously played by Tom Hanks could be considered a daunting task, but Pablo Schreiber is surely a formidable enough performer in his own right. Schreiber is an imposing physical presence, with a surprisingly soft heart, as the two-fisted leprechaun Mad Sweeney in STARZ’s series American Gods. He was also the man everyone loved to hate as the creepy prison guard George “Pornstache” Mendez in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.
Schreiber’s other upcoming movie credits include the Dwayne Johnson-led action/disaster thriller Skyscraper, the drama Traces co-starring Rick Springfield, the fantasy The King’s Daughter with Pierce Brosnan and Kaya Scodelario, the Gerard Butler vehicle Den of Thieves and the crime drama Beast of Burden with Daniel Radcliffe.
First Man has also lined up Jon Bernthal as astronaut Dave Scott, Kyle Chandler as NASA Flight Crew Operations Chief (and original Mercury astronaut) Deke Slayton, Claire Foy as Armstrong’s ex-wife Janet Shearon and Jason Clarke as Ed White, one of three astronauts killed in a 1967 pre-flight Apollo capsule testing mishap.
Source: Tracking Board
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