Brian d'Arcy James will star in the new film First Man.
Brian d'Arcy James will star in the new film First Man.
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Broadway favorite Brian d'Arcy James (Something Rotten!) will play astronaut Joseph A. Walker in First Man, Damien Chazelle's new film about the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong.

James joins a cast that includes Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, Corey Stoll as Buzz Aldrin, Jon Bernthal as Dave Scott, Kyle Chandler as Deke Slayton, and Claire Foy as Janet Shearon.

Walker flew the world's first two spaceplane flights in 1963, becoming the seventh man in space representing the United States of America. Based on the book by James R. Hansen, Universal's First Man is set to hit theaters October 12, 2018.