Ryan Gosling to star in 'La La Land' director's Neil Armstrong biopic

Ryan Gosling is going from the city of stars to the stars themselves.

The actor has closed a deal to reteam with his La La Land director Damien Chazelle for First Man, Universal Pictures' biopic centering onNeil Armstrong, the astronaut who became the first man to set foot on the moon.

Gosling has been orbiting the project since late 2015 but it's only in December that a deal was reached.

The project adapts the book First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James Hansen and has a script by Josh Singer, the Oscar-winning co-writer of Spotlight.

Armstrong was a hotshot Navy bombing pilot during World War II then a test pilot in the 1950 and 1960s. The movie will aim to tell the story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon, specifically the years 1961 to 1969, according to studio sources. The goal is to explore the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

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BLACK AND WHITE VERSION Canadian actor Ryan Gosling poses as he arrives for the screening of the film 'Lost River' at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Director Ryan Gosling attends Apple Store Soho Presents Meet The Filmmaker: Ryan Gosling, 'Lost River' at Apple Store Soho on April 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Russell Crowe, Jack Kilmer and Ryan Gosling are seen on the set of 'The Nice Guys' on January 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 14: Director/writer Ryan Gosling takes part in a Q&A following the 'Lost River' premiere during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Topfer Theatre at ZACH on March 14, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 13: Actor/director Ryan Gosling (L) and director Guillermo del Toro partake in 'A Conversation With Ryan Gosling' during 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 13, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW)
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES 2012 Focus Features film with Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes (Photo via Alamy)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 20: Ryan Gosling along with his dog George visits 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on July 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Actors Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling attend 'The Place Beyond The Pines' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 7, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: (L-R) Actors Reda Kateb, Ryan Gosling, Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend attend the 'Lost River' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/FilmMagic)
Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (R) is congratulated by actor Ryan Gosling during a photocall after being awarded with the Prix de la Mise en Scene (best director) for his film 'Drive' at the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2011 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, whose credits include the Twilight and Maze Runner franchises as well as The Fault In Our Stars, are producing the drama via their Temple Hill Entertainment.

Isaac Klausner will exec produce. Hansen is attached to co-produce. Universal's vp of production Sara Scott will oversee the project for the studio.

Chazelle's La La Land has emerged as one of the top movies this awards season. The movie scored seven Golden Globe nominations, including one for Chazelle, for directing, and Gosling, for acting. Gosling also nabbed a SAG nomination.

The actor recently wrapped production on Blade Runner 2049 with Harrison Ford. First Man is eyeing a shoot next year.

Gosling is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content, LBI Entertainment and law firm Sloane Offer.

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