Universal used its presentation at CinemaCon on Wednesday to show off the first trailer for its lunar landing drama First Man, a film about Neil Armstrong’s trip to the moon billed as the “The Most Dangerous Mission in History.”
The trailer spotlighted the life of Armstrong as played by Ryan Gosling, from his teen youth watching rocket launches to holding his baby daughter and singing “I see the moon, and the moon sees me.” A lot of family drama here before we see ignition, liftoff and capsules aflame as they plummet toward Earth.
The exhibitor crowd saw Armstrong prepping for his journey, in the astronaut suit and in the capsule tests, as wife Janet (Claire Foy) yells at the technicians, “You don’t have anything under control!!” Neil’s son asks dad whether he’ll come back from the moon. “We have confidence in the mission” father tells son. “But you might not come back?” responds the son. “That’s right,” Neil answers. Final shots are of Neil’s footsteps descending on his capsule’s ladder toward one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
Serious space movies have a great track record at the October box office — think The Martian and Gravity — and Universal has scheduled this awards-season fodder from Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle for October 12.
Gosling, Foy and Chazelle were on hand to introduce this morning’s clip during the studio’s presentation.