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Neil Armstrong biopic to star Ryan Gosling, filming begins 2017

Armstrong, commander of the Apollo 11 mission, was the first person to walk on the moon.

Neil Armstrong inside the Lunar Module, July 20, 1969.

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Neil Armstrong, the American astronaut who became the first person to walk on the moon, will have a film made about his extraordinary life, according to Variety.

Shooting for the biopic will begin 2017 and will star Ryan Gosling ("Drive," "The Big Short"). Damien Chazelle ("Whiplash") will direct. Gosling and Chazelle recently worked together in this year's "La La Land," which has been nominated for seven Golden Globes.

The movie will be based on the biography "First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong" by James Hansen. Armstrong was born in Ohio and became a NASA astronaut in 1958 after service in the Navy and later as a research test pilot.

Along with Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, he flew in the Apollo 11 lunar mission. He cemented himself as a scientific and cultural icon by stepping onto the moon on July 21, 1969. He died in 2012 at the age of 82 after complications from heart surgery.