Ryan Gosling's turn as Neil Armstrong is already generating Oscar buzz

By Sarah Walker

Ryan Gosling's latest movie role is out of this world - literally! The Canadian plays the lead in Damien Chazelle's new film First Man, stepping into Neil Armstrong's space boots, and the project is already generating Oscar buzz. The Crown's Claire Foy traded her regal period wardrobe to play Janet, wife of the man who took one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind. The trailer for the movie sees Ryan as Neil, stating: "We're planning on the flight being successful. There are risks, but we have every intention of coming back."

First Man focuses on the challenges the iconic astronaut and his team faced on the Apollo 11 mission - the first attempt to put a man on the moon. When discussing the film at CinemaCon in April, the 37-year-old actor called the endeavour the “most astonishing journey in history." Claire added that the film will showcase the work of the "unsung heroes who gave their support to this almost impossible voyage."

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Ryan also spoke to Jimmy Kimmel in June about his experiences on set, noting that at one point he received a minor concussion after spending six to eight hours in a simulated spaceship (a device, he noted, that astronauts use to train for space emergencies.) "It's this thing that kind of sends you like, NASA teakettle... they would only do it for maybe 20 minutes at a time or something... I started to sort of smell a rat up here," he joked, pointing to his head. "That, and getting banged around in the capsules, hitting my head."

Ryan gave host Jimmy Kimmel the astronaut experience. Photo: © Getty Images 

This is the second time Ryan has teamed up with Oscar-winning director Damien, having previously worked with him on the critically acclaimed film La La Land. That movie went on to gross nearly $400 million worldwide and nab five Oscars. First Man will hit theatres on Oct. 12, 2018.

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