Ryan Gosling's Neil Armstrong movie to open Venice Film Festival

Summer 2018 has so far given us plenty of hot weather and a World Cup which broke the record for most own goals scored in the tournament's history.

The last thing anyone is thinking about is the winter film awards season.

But despite it still being July, the starting gun for the race which will culminate in the Oscars in February has now been fired.

It's been announced that First Man will open the Venice International Film Festival this year - traditionally thought of as the first of the awards season festivals.

It's based on the Apollo 11 moon landing, and stars Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong - who became the First Man (y'see) to walk on on the moon in 1969.

The movie is directed by Damien Chazelle, whose film La La Land - also starring Gosling - opened the same festival in 2016.

The musical went on to pick up a whole host of awards - although not, notably, best picture at the Oscars.

(Famously, the film was initially announced as the winner by mistake, before it finally went to Moonlight).

Claire Foy - best known for playing a young Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown - will star as Armstrong's wife Janet, while Corey Stoll and Lukas Haas will portray astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins respectively.

The film will be released in the US on 12 October.

"I wanted to look at just how radical, crazy and controversial the whole mission was," Chazelle told BBC News last month.