‘La La Land’ director’s new film, ‘First Man,’ takes one small step at Venice Film Festival

Plus, watch the second trailer for the movie.

From left: Actor Jason Clarke, actress Olivia Hamilton, director Damien Chazelle, actor Ryan Gosling, and actress Claire Foy pose as they arrive for the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film "First Man," presented in competition at the 75th Venice Film Festival on Aug. 29, 2018. –AFP/Getty Images

Academy Award-winning director Damien Chazelle’s new film, “First Man,’’ took one small step at the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to the premiere of the movie, which opened the festival, Universal Pictures released the second official trailer for the film.

The film chronicles Neil Armstrong, played by Ryan Gosling, and his journey leading up to and during the famous Apollo 11 mission, which culminated in Armstrong becoming the first man to walk on the moon. Gosling, who also starred in Chazelle’s last film, “La La Land,’’ is joined in the cast by Claire Foy and Kyle Chandler.


While the first trailer, released two months ago, is a high-intensity, action-packed display, the new trailer reflects a more intimate look at Armstrong’s voyage. The two-minute clip starts and ends with Gosling singing the “I See the Moon’’ lullaby to one of his children. It also features more of Foy, who plays Armstrong’s first wife, Janet Shearon.

“First Man’’ also reunites Chazelle with Justin Hurwitz, the composer behind the Academy Award-winning original score for “La La Land.’’ The two have collaborated on four films since they met while attending Harvard, where they were roommates.

The creative team also includes Josh Singer, a Harvard Law and Business School alum, who adapted James R. Hansen’s biography into a screenplay for the film. Singer was, along with Tom McCarthy, the screenwriter behind the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight,’’ which was based on The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

“First Man’’ touches down in theaters everywhere on Oct. 12.