Based on the book "First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong" by James Hansen, "First Man" will chronicle the life and career of the first person to walk on the moon. Actor Ryan Gosling ("La La Land") will portray Armstrong in the Universal film, which will be directed by Damien Chazelle ("La La Land"). Hansen's book is being adapted for screen by Oscar winner Josh Singer ("Spotlight"). [Neil Armstrong Remembered in Photos]
Armstrong commanded NASA's historic Apollo 11 lunar landing mission, which touched down on the moon on July 20, 1969, among his other NASA work. Apollo 11 lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon with Armstrong while their crewmate Michael Collins orbited the moon aboard their command module. Five more Apollo moon landings would land astronauts on the moon. Armstrong died in 2012.