‘First Man’ Starring Ryan Gosling to Open 2018 Venice International Film Festival

July 20, 2018 Last Updated: July 20, 2018

The biopic of U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, portrayed by Ryan Gosling, is going to kick off the 75th Venice Film Festival in August 2018, reported Reuters.


Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong. (Screenshot via Universal “First Man.”)

The story is based on the book by James R. Hansen, following how Armstrong explored sacrifices and cost on himself and the nation’s the commander of the most dangerous mission in history, the Apollo 11 mission of 1969, which was the time that NASA worked to land a man on the moon.

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon and famously said, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”

(Screenshot via Universal “First Man.”)

Directed by Damien Chazelle, whose musical “La La Land” had opened the 2016 edition of the world’s oldest film festival, “First Man” reunites Chazelle and Gosling, and also stars Claire Foy from “The Crown” as Armstrong’s wife, Janet Shearon.

Claire Foy portrays Armstrong’s wife Janet Shearon.(Screenshot via Universal “First Man.”)

According to Reuters, the movie is praised by the festival’s director Alberto Barbera, saying, “It is a very personal, original and compelling piece of work.” He also described it as “a confirmation of the great talent of one of the most important contemporary directors of American cinema.”

The festival will be held from Aug. 29 to Sept. 8, and has Guillermo del Toro as the festival jury, whose “Shape of Water” premiered in Venice last year, reported Variety.