Ryan Gosling to play Neil Armstrong in First Man biopic

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Hollywood star Ryan Gosling is to step into the boots of astronaut Neil Armstrong in a biopic planned for 2018.

The actor will team up with the La La Land director Damien Chazelle for First Man - a Universal film focusing on Armstrong, the astronaut who was the first man to set foot on the moon.

The film is an adapted from First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James Hansen with the script written by Spotlight co-writer Josh Singer.

Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong (PA)

It marks a busy period for Ryan who recently finished filming the Blade Runner sequel with Harrison Ford.

Armstrong landed on the moon with co-pilot Buzz Aldrin in 1969 in one of the most dangerous missions in space exploration history.

As he stepped on to the moon, he said: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

He died in 2012.