First Man: Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling's Neil Armstrong biopic gets awards season release date

The La La Land duo are bringing the astronaut's story to the big screen

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The release date for Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong biopic First Man has been confirmed and unsurprisingly, it'll land in time for the 2018-19 awards season.

Universal announced the project at the height of Chazelle's success with La La Land, the musical homage which starred First Man's lead actor Ryan Gosling. It'll be released in the US theatrically on 12 October 2018.

The film's script, based on James Hansen's biography First Man: The Life Of Neil A. Armstrong has been written by Josh Singer who wrote 2016 Best Picture winner Spotlight. The first-person account spans 1961-1968 and details NASA's mission to land a man on the moon.

La La Land was embroiled in Oscars controversy last month when Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty incorrectly announced it as Best Picture after being handed the wrong envelope; Moonlight had won.

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Chazelle, however, became the youngest filmmaker to win Best Director at the prestigious ceremony which took place in Los Angeles. 

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