The opening film of the 2018 Venice Film Festival, the 75th edition, has been announced as Damien Chazelle’s First Man, starring Ryan Gosling. The film will have its world premiere at the festival next month, on August 29th.
Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, heading an impressive cast that also includes Clair Foy, Janet Shearon, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Corey Stoll, Ciaran Hinds, Christopher Abbott, and Patrick Fugit.
On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969.
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A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history. Written by Academy Award® winner Josh Singer (Spotlight), the drama is produced by Wyck Godfrey & Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars) through their Temple Hill Entertainment banner, alongside Chazelle and Gosling. Isaac Klausner (The Fault in Our Stars) executive produces. DreamWorks Pictures co-finances the film.
Guillermo del Toro is heading up the jury at Venice this year. The festival runs from August 29 – September 8th. We’re assuming that First Man will also head to Toronto to play to North American festival-goers at the start of September.