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Steven Spielberg. Ridley Scott. James Cameron. We live in an era of truly fantastic directors, and after becoming the youngest person to ever win Best Director at the Oscars, we have a new entry onto this list of iconic filmmakers: Damien Chazelle. At just 32 years old, Chazelle is undoubtedly a director with an amazing future ahead of him. He garnered critical acclaim for his major directorial debut, Whiplash, which was nominated for numerous Oscars. It was always going to be hard to follow that fantastic movie, but Damien Chazelle has done it with flying colours with La La Land which picked up a staggering 14 Oscar nominations, winning 6 of those categories!

His use of color in La La Land is absolutely striking; his long takes and match-cut shots in Whiplash are masterful, and I still think he should have won Best Director for Whiplash to this day. Directing a picture which won no less than 6 Oscars would be a career highlight for anyone, but being so young and relatively new to the field, the spotlight is now very much on Chazelle. Everything he does from now on will be examined and critiqued, but I think if he stays true to himself, he'll be one of the greats. Luckily, if Damien Chazelle's next film after La La Land, entitled First Man, is as good as it sounds, Chazelle will be on the right track. Here's what we know about First Man so far.

1. It Will Star Ryan Gosling

Gosling in 'La La Land' [Credit: Summit Entertainment]
Gosling in 'La La Land' [Credit: Summit Entertainment]

One of the most exciting aspects of First Man is the fact we know that Ryan Gosling is playing the lead role of Neil Armstrong. This role suits Ryan Gosling perfectly and we already know that he works well with Damien Chazelle after the colossal success of La La Land! Given how prolific he is, Gosling may struggle to squeeze First Man into his schedule. His next movie is the highly anticipated Song to Song, that's being directed by acclaimed director Terrence Malick and also stars Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman. Gosling also has Blade Runner 2049 coming out October this year, which should hopefully be another successful outing for Hollywood's most sought-after leading man.

2. It's a Biopic

Damian Chazelle in action [Credit: Sony Pictures Classics]
Damian Chazelle in action [Credit: Sony Pictures Classics]

Biopics are a hard genre of movie to get right. Quite often they all seem the same, using the same pacing and structure to convey the story of someone's life. I think First Man can be truly great if Chazelle goes down the same route as Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs or Clint Eastwood's Sully. (Fun fact: Clint Eastwood was originally attached to direct First Man). Hopefully, the subject of the biopic gives Chazelle and co. enough material to make this picture stand out...

3. It's Based on a Book

Gosling played Sebastian in 'La La Land' [Credit: Summit Entertainment]
Gosling played Sebastian in 'La La Land' [Credit: Summit Entertainment]

First Man is based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, which tells the story of how Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon back in 1969. The book involves Armstrong's involvement in the United States space program, joining the fateful Apollo 11 mission, while also detailing his personal life. The book was first published on October 1st 2005, and debuted to good reviews globally. It was written by James R. Hansen, and the script writing duties are being handed over to Josh Singer, which brings me on to my next point...

4. It's Got an Academy Award Winning Writing Team

One of 2015's best [Credit: Open Road Films]
One of 2015's best [Credit: Open Road Films]

As I've already mentioned, First Man has acquired a fantastic script-writer in Josh Singer (Spotlight). As you may recall, Spotlight took home Best Picture back at the 2016 Oscars. Josh Singer also took home an award himself for Best Writing for an Original Screenplay that year.

This means Damien Chazelle is not messing about for his next movie, First Man. It seems like he's setting for some more glory and for this time to maybe win Best Film, to which he's gotten so close to two times before (Whiplash, La La Land). Third time's the charm, right?

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It's hard to know what this film is going to be like when it's so early in development. I'm sure Chazelle will wait until the dust surrounding La La Land settles before he even considers filming this movie. Reagrdless, I have total confidence Damian Chazelle will blow audiences away with this movie, I just hope it comes sooner rather than later!

Let me know in the comments if you think this movie will be as good as Whiplash or La La Land!


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