Jon Bernthal has joined the growing cast of Universal's First Man, the Neil Armstrong biopic from Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The movie, which reteams La La Land helmer Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling, also includes Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll and Jason Clarke in an expanding cast ahead of a shoot set to begin in November in Atlanta.
Bernthal, best known for his star turns in The Walking Dead, The Wolf of Wall Street and The Ghost Writer, will play a NASA astronaut and test pilot that walks on the moon. The actor's other film credits include Shot Caller, Sicario, Baby Driver, Wind River and Pilgrimage.
Bernthal will next be seen toplining the upcoming Netflix series The Punisher and Jamie M. Dagg’s Sweet Virginia. He also stars with Shia LaBeouf, John Hawkes, Thomas Haden Church and music artist Yelawolf in the upcoming adventure drama The Peanut Butter Falcon, which shot this summer.
Written by Josh Singer (Spotlight), First Man is described by Universal as a visceral first-person account of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on the years 1961-1969 and Armstrong, the astronaut who became that first man.
Based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost — on Armstrong and on the nation — of one of the most dangerous missions in history. Gosling will play Armstrong, Chandler will portray test pilot Deke Slayton and Stoll will play astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
DreamWorks Pictures is co-financing First Man. The drama is being produced by Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen through their Temple Hill Entertainment banner, alongside Chazelle and Gosling.
Isaac Klausner is executive producing. Universal vp production Sara Scott will oversee the project for the studio.
First Man is set to land in theaters Oct. 12, 2018. Bernthal is repped by WME, The Burstein Company and attorney David Weber at Sloan Offer Weber.