Universal Pictures has released a thrilling new trailer for the upcoming space exploration drama First Man, starring Ryan Gosling and directed by Damien Chazelle. As it turns out, setting a trailer about man’s attempts to land on the Moon to John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Shot” speech, which he delivered to Congress in 1961, is a good way to induce goosebumps.
Chazelle and Gosling are teaming up again following the smashing success of the 2016 musical La La Land for the film based on James Hansen’s biography “First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong.” Written by Academy Award winner Josh Singer, the First Man movie will be produced by Wyck Godfrey & Marty Bowen through their Temple Hill Entertainment banner, alongside Chazelle. Isaac Klausner will executive produce.
This film tells the story of the journey to go to the moon through the eyes of Neil Armstrong, but Chazelle and screenwriter Josh Singer frame the tale as one of great courage and loss. Indeed, the space program was incredibly dangerous, and Armstrong, in particular, was surrounded by death all the way up through his groundbreaking achievement. The film puts the viewers in the cockpit right alongside Armstrong and his fellow astronauts, and the sense of danger is palpable.
This trailer doesn’t showcase any dialogue from the film and instead is a montage of scenes set to President John F. Kennedy’s famous “We choose to go to the moon…” speech. It’s chilling, as Kennedy notes the difficulties that America will face in its mission while we see Chazelle’s gorgeous, haunting images flash across the screen.
First Man lands in theaters on October 12th, 2019.