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Corey Stoll & Kyle Chandler head to the moon for Damien Chazelle's First Man

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Following his Best Director win at the Academy Awards for LA LA LAND, I'd expect that all eyes will be on Damien Chazelle as he begins work on his next film, a Neil Armstrong biopic based upon James R. Hansen's "First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong". We already know that FIRST MAN will star Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, but now it seems that Corey Stoll and Kyle Chandler will be joining him as well.

Per The Tracking Board, Corey Stoll is currently in talks to play Buzz Aldrin, the second man to step on the moon. Deadline also reports that Kyle Chandler is in talks to play Deke Slayton, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts who later became Director of Flight Crew Operations at NASA. The Josh Singer script is being described as a "visceral, first-person account" which explores "the sacrifices and the cost — on Neil and on the nation — of one of the most dangerous missions in history." Knowing how it all shakes out won't effect the stakes, and with a compelling cast in place, FIRST MAN could represent another great NASA movie. Bring it on.

FIRST MAN isn't the only Damien Chazelle project in the works; THE CLAIM, a script which Chazelle wrote more than seven years ago, was dusted off following his LA LA LAND win and is being prepped for a 2018 release. Imagine that. The dark thriller follows a father with a criminal past, who, when searching for his missing daugther, must contend with another couple who claim that the child is theirs.

A synopsis of "First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong" via Amazon:

When Apollo 11 touched down on the moon’s surface in 1969, the first man on the moon became a legend. In First Man, Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong. Based on over fifty hours of interviews with the intensely private Armstrong, who also gave Hansen exclusive access to private documents and family sources, this “magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth century” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) is an unparalleled biography of an American icon. Upon his return to earth, Armstrong was honored and celebrated for his monumental achievement. He was also—as James R. Hansen reveals in this fascinating and important biography—misunderstood. Armstrong’s accomplishments as engineer, test pilot, and astronaut have long been a matter of record, but Hansen’s unprecedented access to private documents and unpublished sources and his interviews with more than 125 subjects (including more than fifty hours with Armstrong himself) yield this first in-depth analysis of an elusive American celebrity still renowned the world over.

In a riveting narrative filled with revelations, Hansen vividly recreates Armstrong’s career in flying, from his seventy-eight combat missions as a naval aviator flying over North Korea to his formative transatmospheric flights in the rocket-powered X-15 to his piloting Gemini VIII to the first-ever docking in space. These milestones made it seem, as Armstrong’s mother Viola memorably put it, “as if from the very moment he was born—farther back still—that our son was somehow destined for the Apollo 11 mission.”

For a pilot who cared more about flying to the Moon than he did about walking on it, Hansen asserts, Armstrong’s storied vocation exacted a dear personal toll, paid in kind by his wife and children. For the forty-five years since the Moon landing, rumors have swirled around Armstrong concerning his dreams of space travel, his religious beliefs, and his private life. In a penetrating exploration of American hero worship, Hansen addresses the complex legacy of the First Man, as an astronaut and as an individual. In First Man, the personal, technological, epic, and iconic blend to form the portrait of a great but reluctant hero who will forever be known as history’s most famous space traveler.

FIRST MAN is set for an October 12, 2018 release.

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