First Man is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Damien Chazelle and written by Josh Singer. Based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen, the film stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, alongside Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciarán Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, and Lukas Haas, and follows the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon in 1969. Steven Spielberg serves as an executive producer
The project was originally announced in 2003, with Clint Eastwood slated to direct. After that rendition fell though, Chazelle, Gosling, and Singer all signed on by 2015, and principal photography began in Atlanta, Georgia in November 2017.
First Man had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on August 29, 2018, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 12, 2018, by Universal Pictures. The film received praise for Gosling and Foy’s performances, Chazelle’s direction and the Moon landing sequence, but it was seen as a box office disappointment, grossing over $99 million worldwide against its $59 million production budget. At the 76th Golden Globe Awards, it received nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Foy) and Best Original Score. Upon release, the film became the center of controversy with its decision to not depict the planting of the American flag on the lunar surface, leading to critics and politicians from both political parties to debate over the film’s stance on patriotism.