Fresh off his Oscar win for best director for La La Land, director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) is hard at work on Universal Pictures’ upcoming Neil Armstrong biopic First Man. The film is still locking down its cast, but now it has found its Jim Lovell. Deadline reports that Pablo Schreiber will play the commander of Apollo 13.
The actor joins a stellar cast that currently includes Ryan Gosling (Blade Runner 2049) as famed NASA astronaut and first man on the moon Neil Armstrong, Corey Stoll (The Strain, Ant-Man) as Buzz Aldrin, Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) as Deke Slayton, Jason Clarke (Terminator Genisys) as Edward Higgins White, Brian d’Arcy James (13 Reasons Why) as Joseph A. Walker, Claire Foy (The Crown) as Janet Shearon, and Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) as Dave Scott, the seventh man to walk on the moon.
The commander of Apollo 13, a space mission that suffered critical failure on its way to the Moon in April 1970 but was brought safely back to Earth nonetheless thanks to the tireless efforts of the crew of the space shuttle and that of mission control, Jim Lovell was previously played by Tom Hanks in Ron Howard’s 1995 movie Apollo 13.
As for Schreiber, the actor was the breakout star of Bryan Fuller’s Amazon series American Gods in the role of Mad Sweeney, a (very tall, red-haired and out-of-luck) leprechaun who crosses paths with the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), and Shadow’s wife Laura (Emily Browning).
Based on author James R. Hansen’s official biography of Neil Armstrong, titled First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong and first published in 2005, First Man was written by Josh Singer (who won an Oscar for Best Screenplay for 2016’s Spotlight). The movie is slated to open in theaters on Oct. 12, 2018.
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