National Geographic has published a new trailer for the fantastic series The Right Stuff, which will be released on Disney+. The eight-episode series is an adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s famous, a bestselling nonfiction account of the early days of the U.S. space program, specifically the story of the Mercury Seven.
The series “takes a clear-eyed look at what would become America’s first ‘reality show,’ as ambitious astronauts and their families become instant celebrities in a competition that could kill them or make them immortal.”
At the height of the Cold War in 1959, America fears it is a nation in decline as the Soviet Union controls the space race. But, the U.S. government has a solution – put a man in space. Newly-formed NASA is given the monumental task, and a group of the nation’s best engineers estimates they’ll need decades to achieve the feat…but they only have two years.
NASA engineers, including rocket scientist Bob Gilruth (Patrick Fischler) and the passionate Chris Kraft (Eric Ladin), work against the clock under mounting pressure from Washington. Together, they hand-select seven astronauts from a pool of military test pilots. These are ordinary men, plucked from obscurity, and within days of being presented to the world, they are forged into heroes before they achieve a single heroic act.
The two men at the center of it all are Major John Glenn (Patrick J. Adams), a revered Marine test pilot and committed family man, and Lieutenant Commander Alan Shepard (Jake McDorman), one of the best test pilots in Navy history. Other members of the Mercury 7 include Captain Gordo Cooper (Colin O’Donoghue), the youngest of the seven selected to everyone’s surprise; Wally Schirra (Aaron Staton), a competitive pilot with a gift for pulling pranks; Scott Carpenter (James Lafferty), dubbed “The Poet” by the other astronauts; Deke Slayton, (Micah Stock), a taciturn but incredibly intelligent pilot and engineer; and Gus Grissom, (Michael Trotter), a decorated military veteran who eventually becomes the second man in space.
The series also examines the astronauts’ families, including Annie Glenn (Nora Zehetner), who contends with a speech impairment in the public eye; Louise Shepard (Shannon Lucio), a wife and mother who refuses to let Alan’s transgressions affect her home; and Trudy Cooper (Eloise Mumford), an accomplished pilot who puts her own ambitions aside to present the concept of a happy family.
Set during a time when many questioned whether America’s glory days were behind it, “The Right Stuff” is an aspirational story about dream and exploration and how normal human beings can achieve the remarkable.
Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) serves as an executive producer through his Appian Way banner, and Game of Thrones’ David Nutter directed the series premiere and is also set as an executive producer.
The Right Stuff will be start streaming on Friday, October 9th, exclusively on Disney+.