Brian d’Arcy James was working as an actor for nearly two decades before he got attention as part of the Oscar and SAG-winning ensemble of Thomas McCarthy’s Best Picture Spotlight. Since then, he’s continued to get roles in higher profile biopics including this weekend’s Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House and Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut Molly’s Game with Jessica Chastain.
James is now joining the cast of Damien Chazelle’s upcoming moon drama First Man, starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong. The actor will play Joseph A. Walker, the seventh man in space and Armstrong’s boss who flew the first two spaceplane flights in 1963. Corey Stoll (Ant-Man) is playing Buzz Aldrin with Jon Bernthal, Kyle Chandler and Claire Foy also part of the cast of the movie based on James R. Hansen’s book of the same name, the story following Armstrong’s journey to become the first man on the moon. Universal plans on releasing the movie on Oct. 12, 2018.
Repped by Gersh and Thruline Entertainment, James can be seen as part of the cast of two biopics that recently premiered at TIFF with Sorkin’s Molly Game opening Nov. 22. James plays the hedge fund poker player who helps Chastain’s Molly Bloom set up her own high stakes game, while he plays FBI agent Robert Kunkel opposite Liam Neeson in this week’s Mark Felt movie. He’s currently filming the second season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why and will be seen in the network’s upcoming Stephen King adaptation 1922, which will stream Oct. 10.
Deadline initially reported James’ casting.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor