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Kyle Chandler and Corey Stoll to play astronauts in Damien Chazelle’s First Man

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It looks like Ryan Gosling won’t be going to the moon alone in First Man, La La Land director Damien Chazelle’s upcoming movie about Neil Armstrong. According to Variety, Gosling’s Armstrong will be joined by Corey Stoll, who is currently in talks to play Buzz Aldrin. As of right now, it doesn’t sound like anyone has been cast as Michael Collins, but there probably aren’t a ton of big-name actors who are in a hurry to play the space program’s most famous third wheel.

Even without Collins, Stoll and Gosling will have a friendly, fatherly face helping them out down on the ground, as Deadline is reporting that Kyle Chandler has signed on to play Deke Slayton, NASA’s first Chief Of The Astronaut Office. Slayton was a pilot in WWII who later became an aeronautical engineer and was one of NASA’s original Mercury Seven astronauts, and he also had very cool name. Deadline doesn’t say how big Chandler’s role in First Man will be, but hopefully he gets a chance to stop by the Apollo 11 locker room to give those space boys a classic Friday Night Lights pep talk.


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