Director Damien Chazelle’s biopic, First Man, got it’s second trailer on Wednesday. The film focuses on Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) in his quest to accomplish the most dangerous space mission in history; the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. The first trailer was a lot about the physical danger of the mission. This trailer is deeply psychological, tense and haunted by the sound of Armstrong singing a lullaby to his baby.
Written by Josh Singer (Spotlight, The Post), First Man is a big ticket, star-studded biopic with a lot of backing. And, as far as we can see, it delivers. And, might we say, whoever is editing these trailers needs some attention because they are like crack to fans of all things space.
Much of the same footage is used in both trailers, but the tone is totally different. This second trailer is all about internal pressure, stress, fear, worry and the threat of ultimate peril for everyone involved. Gosling and Claire Foy (Janet Armstrong) deliver such incredible performances in the trailer that we can’t even fathom what they’re bringing to the full movie. It must be a lot, as the film got a 3 minute standing ovation at its conclusion at the Venice Film Festival, according to Deadline.
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 behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
First Man premieres October 12th, 2018 and we can’t wait.