Jon Bernthal jumps aboard Neil Armstrong biopic First Man

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Aug 31, 2017

Jon Bernthal is one busy man, and his career looks set to go stratospheric. Literally.

The Punisher star is the latest actor to join Universal’s First Man, a biopic of Neil Armstrong helmed by Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bernthal – who currently has four other projects on the slate, including his new Marvel outing as Frank Castle – will join lead star Ryan Gosling in the movie, which is said to start shooting in Atlanta around November time.

THR reports that Bernthal will star as a NASA astronaut and test pilot who walks on the moon in the adaptation of James R. Hansen's First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong. Josh Singer, who won the Best Screenplay Oscar for Spotlight in 2016, has adapted the book for screen.

The movie will chronicle the adventures of famed moon walker Neil Armstrong (played by Gosling) and NASA's seemingly impossible Apollo mission to place human beings on the lunar surface.

This is the first outing for Whiplash director Chazelle after his stunning victory for La La Land winning for Best Director, though not for Best Picture, as Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway know all too well.

It's definitely an exciting move for Bernthal. Still known to many as The Walking Dead's Shane Walsh, more recently he seems to be having a bit of moment what with his toplining The Punisher as well as adding more movie credits to his resume. And rightly so.

The cast also includes Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, and Jason Clarke. Universal has given First Man an official release date of October 12, 2018.

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