Ryan Gosling and “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle reteam in “First Man,” the riveting true story of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon — or, as Universal calls it in its new trailer released Friday night, “one of the most dangerous missions in history.”
The clip features Gosling as Armstrong, battling the fear of what could happen if something goes wrong in the flight to the moon. “We need to fail down here so we don’t fail up there,” he says to his NASA colleagues.
As ominous music sets the mood, Armstrong and his wife (played by Claire Foy) tell their two sons about the Apollo 11 spaceflight. “Do you think you’re coming back?” asks one boy. “There are risks but we have every intention of coming back,” Gosling’s Armstrong reassures.
The Universal picture will specifically cover Armstrong’s life from 1961-1969, and is described as a “visceral, first-person account” that explores the sacrifices and the cost — on Neil and on the nation.”
The cast also includes Corey Stoll as Buzz Aldrin, Kyle Chandler as Deke Slayton and Pablo Schreiber as Jim Lovell, the commander of Apollo 13 who said the infamous “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”
“First Man” will hit theaters October 12.