Gosling, as Neil Armstrong, is seen being joined by other men in NASA uniforms in one image, and is dancing with Foy in another photo.
Universal Pictures has released the first official photos of “First Man“. Making their way out via PEOPLE, the pictures give a look at Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy as astronaut Neil Armstrong and his wife Janet.
The two dance in what looks like a living room in one shot. Another image shows Gosling’s character at his workplace as he’s surrounded by other men in NASA blue uniforms. There’s also a glimpse of Armstrong wearing an astronaut helmet, while others watch the launch of a spaceship from a distance.
“First Man” tells the story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong during the years 1961-1969. A first-person account, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost – on Armstrong and on America – of one of the most dangerous space missions in history.
The upcoming biopic is based on James Hansen’s biography “First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong” which is adapted into a script by Josh Singer. The film reunites Gosling with “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle.
“What fascinated me about Neil Armstrong is that he is kind of a mystery,” Chazelle tells PEOPLE about what drew him to the project. “For someone that accomplished something that is among one of the most famous things that anyone has ever accomplished, the human himself is a little bit of an enigma. And it’s funny, the first time I ever met Ryan was to pitch him this role, before we did ‘La La Land’ together, so it was a dream to have him in this role.”
He said that Gosling was his first choice to play the astronaut. “I was fascinated by the psychology of what can drive someone to do what Neil Armstrong did, to physically go further than any human being in history pretty much, in terms of the journey he goes on,” he explains. “I think Ryan is able to capture that kind of drive, that kind of methodical focus, that kind of quiet heroism.”
He adds, “Neil was not a showy person. A lot of the other astronauts and pilots of that era were what you expect, the outgoing, hotshot types, but Neil was very different. He was the brainier, quieter, more introverted person and he’s a man of few words who did the job and got it done. I see a little bit of Ryan in that as well and I think Ryan was able to capture it beautifully.”
Also starring Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Patrick Fugit, Christopher Abbott, Ciaran Hinds, Ethan Embry, Shea Whigham, Corey Stoll and Pablo Schreiber, “First Man” is due out in the U.S. on October 12.