Damien Chazelle’s ‘First Man’ Adds Kyle Chandler & House of Cards’ Corey Stoll

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Damien Chazelle is two for two on feature films and it was no surprise we’re all fairly interested in what looks to be a branch away from the two films he’s already done. With Whiplash being a serious drama and La La Land being a contemporary musical, First Man seems to be the first real attempt at biopic slash non-fiction film he’s done.

Chazelle has already brought back Ryan Gosling to star in the film as Neil Armstrong and his journey as the first man on the moon.

Kyle Chandler is cast to play World War II pilot Deke Slayton who is famously known for being an aeronautical engineer, and member of the Mercury Seven. Corey Stoll has also been cast in an important role as Buzz Aldrin, the second man to step on the moon.

This is easily the most impressive cast Chazelle has had thus far which makes sense due to the critical and financial success his films have had and the accolades that have come with them. Casting two of the best character actors out there is not a bad move at all and with these two actors having such familiar faces doesn’t hurt the production either. Stoll has been seen in House of Cards, Ant-Man, and Best-Picture winner Spotlight while Chandler was up for Cable in Deadpool and showed off his chops in Manchester by the Sea and Wolf of Wall Street. 

I’m more interested in where J.K. Simmons can fit in this production since he won an Oscar for his role in Whiplash and helping confirm Chazelle as a director to be reckoned with. I’m sure there will be other huge names that come up in the coming months since production for the film starts in a few months.

Source: Deadline & Tracking-Board


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