{From Playbill.com and Deadline.com}

Brian d’Arcy James has added “astronaut” to his list of upcoming film roles. The three-time Tony nominee is currently filming the upcoming Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, directed by Damian Chazelle, who won an Oscar in 2017 for La La Land. Based on James R. Hansen’s book, First Man follows Armstrong’s journey to the moon. Brian will play Joseph A. Walker, Armstrong’s secondary boss, who flew the world’s first two spaceplane fights in 1963. Walker became the seventh man in space.

The feature will star Ryan Gosling as Armstrong, with Corey Stoll as Buzz Aldrin, Claire Foy as Janet Shearon, Jon Bernthal as Dave Scott, and Kyle Chandler as Deke Slayton. First Man hits theaters in October 2018.

D’Arcy James, who appeared on Broadway earlier this year in Hamilton (as King George—the role he originated in the Off-Broadway premiere), has a growing lineup of film projects on tap. He can also be seen in Molly’s Game this November, as well as the biopic Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White HouseCivil, 1992, and All These Small Moments.

In Sony Classics’ Watergate “Deep Throat” biopic Mark Felt, James plays Robert Kunkel, one of the FBI agents in Felt’s division. In Molly’s Game he’s a hedge fund poker player who assists Molly Bloom in raising her high stakes games. In addition, James has Netflix’s 1922 (began streaming on Oct. 10) and he’s busy filming season two of 13 Reasons Why. Joining him in the return of that drama will be Tony winner Kelli O’Hara; the two starred together in the 2002 Broadway musical Sweet Smell of Success.


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