Neil Armstrong Biopic Coming From ‘Whiplash’ Helmer

Neil Armstrong biopic

Damien Chazelle, who made quite a splash at this year’s Sundance with the drummer drama Whiplash, may have found his next high-profile gig. The director is in talks to helm First Man, Universal’s biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong. Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate) will write the script. More about the Neil Armstrong biopic after the jump.

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The first teaser trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon hit earlier this week (if you haven’t seen it yet, watch it here — it’s actually pretty awesome). The trailer reveals “a secret hidden for 40 years” — that the Apollo 11 mission to the moon was actually a cover-up for NASA’s investigation into a possible alien landing on the dark side of the moon. The trailer (and film) presents a storyline where US astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin used the 21 minutes of radio/video silence while on the far side of the moon, to investigate a crashed alien ship a couple football fields away from their lander.

Of course, none of this is true or even possible but NPR’s Robert Krulwich wondered why Armstrong and Aldrin barely crossed 90 yards of moon on that first trip. The article gives some perspective, adding that “Armstrong’s longest, boldest walk took him about as far as Joe DiMaggio used to jog every inning — from home plate to about mid-center field.” Seems a bit strange, right?

Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, actually responded to the NPR column and explained in detail why they didn’t stray far from the lunar lander (and in result — why the scene in the Transformers 3 teaser trailer wouldn’t have been possible).
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To promote the Adidas Star Wars Originals Collection, LucasFilm created a special two minute commercial which inserts David Beckham, Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, Franz Beckenbauer, Noel Gallagher, Ian Brown, Ciara, Jay Baruchel, and DJ Neil Armstrong into the famous Cantina Scene from Star Wars . I guess the revisionist explanation is that it is an “intergalactic 2010 FIFA World Cup™ viewing party.” Watch the two minute video, embedded after the jump.

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