Universal Pictures celebrates the 49th anniversary of the monumental Apollo 11 mission that landed the first two people on the moon, with the release of a brand new clip from their upcoming film based on the expedition, First Man. The film sees Ryan Gosling reunite with filmmaker Damien Chazelle after their successful first venture in 2016's La La Land, playing Neil Armstrong. Corey Stoll also stars as Buzz Aldrin, alongside a slew of other actors, including Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Shea Wigham, Pablo Schreiber, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, Brian d'Arcy James, and Lukas Haas. Steven Spielberg serves as an executive producer.
Written by Josh Singer, based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen, the biopic will tackle the events leading up to the mission - particularly focusing on Armstrong's decision to partake in the expedition fully knowing the risks involved. The story takes place between 1961 and 1969, and will give people a good look at how the historic landing on the lunar surface came to be.
Celebrating the 49th anniversary of Apollo 11's successful space expedition, Universal has released a brand new promo video from the movie, specifically teasing the moments before Armstrong made history by becoming the first man to set foot on the moon. The brand new clip follows the release of a poster for the film featuring Armstrong's preserved iconic space suit, complete with specks of moon dust. Check out the full teaser below:
One wonders if this piece of footage was lifted directly from the film - considering how it offers fans the opportunity to see things from Armstrong's perspective - or if it was created for promotional purposes only. Regardless, it's difficult not to get sucked in, particularly when the clip suddenly goes eerily quiet, and nothing but Armstrong's heavy breathing via his oxygen tank can be heard as he comes out of the spacecraft. With three months left before First Man hits theaters, releasing short but effective publicity clips like this is arguably the best way to keep the hype train going, after the release of the movie's first trailer last month was fairly well-received by movie fans.
Given the people involved in the project, coupled with the film's narrative, First Man is already generating Oscar buzz. And the movie kicking off the Venice Film Festival next month will presumably only help its chances at next year's Academy Awards, especially when one considers how previous films that opened the event - such as Birdman, Gravity, and Black Swan - went on to get major awards season love.
Source: Universal Pictures
- First Man (2018) release date: Oct 12, 2018