National Geographic is getting ready to release its first scripted series for Disney+!
On Saturday, as part of its [email protected] panel for its upcoming original series The Right Stuff, Disney+ released a sneak peek from the service’s first scripted series from National Geographic. Premiering this fall, The Right Stuff tells the incredible story of America’s first astronauts, the Mercury Seven, during the early days of the U.S. Space Program.
The [email protected] panel was moderated by former NASA Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison. It also featured cast members Patrick J. Adams (“Major John Glenn”), Jake McDorman (“Lieutenant Commander Alan Shepard”), Colin O’Donoghue (“Captain Gordon Cooper”), Michael Trotter (“Gus Grissom”), Aaron Staton (“Wally Schirra”), Micah Stock (“Deke Slayton”), James Lafferty (“Scott Carpenter”), Nora Zehetner (“Annie Glenn”), Shannon Lucio (“Louise Shepard”), Eloise Mumford (“Trudy Cooper”), Eric Ladin (“Chris Kraft”), and Patrick Fischler (“Bob Gilruth”). As well as Showrunner and Executive Producer Mark Lafferty, and Executive Producer Jennifer Davisson.
Click here to watch the full panel.
Based on the iconic bestseller by Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff starts at the height of the Cold War in 1959, the Soviet Union dominates the space race, and America fears it is a nation in decline.
Newly-formed NASA has the monumental task of sending a man into space, and its engineers estimate they need decades to accomplish the feat. They are given two years. Dubbed Project Mercury, the program recruits and trains just seven astronauts from a handful of the military’s best pilots.
Within days of being presented to the world, the Mercury Seven become instant celebrities, forged into heroes before they achieve a single heroic act. At a time when many wondered if America’s glory days were behind it, The Right Stuff is an aspirational story about how ordinary human beings can achieve the extraordinary. As much about who we are today as it is about historic achievements, the series evokes the wonder of this singular era, when the free world looked towards a new horizon of hope as we first stepped off the bounds of our only home to venture into the vast unknown.
There is pressure for this series to be a stand out as its predecessors have brought home many accolades over the years. The book won a National Book Award and at the 1984 Oscars the film adaptation directed by Philip Kaufman, was nominated for 8 Oscars and took home 4 including those for Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Music Score, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Editing.
The Right Stuff premieres this fall on Disney+ and is produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Warner Horizon Scripted Television.