Disney+ has just revealed the first look at its new series The Right Stuff, a drama about astronauts that features DiCaprio in its executive production.
The eight-episode series is an adaptation of a Tom Wolfe novel that tells stories about the early days of the U.S. space program. The plot of this adaptation will revolve around the seven American astronauts involved in the space race, focusing especially on the rivalry between John Glenn (played by Patrick J. Adams of Suits) and Alan Shepherd (Jake McDorman of What We Do in the Shadows) during the development of NASA’s Project Mercury.
Here is the synopsis of the series:
“During the Cold War in 1959, the Soviet Union dominated the space race. To fight a national feeling of fear, the U.S. government created ‘Project Mercury’, starting the space race with the Soviets and making a handful of army pilots famous overnight. These people, who were known as the ‘Mercury Seven’, were forged into heroes long before they achieved any heroic deeds. The nation’s top engineers said it would take decades to reach space. The Mercury Seven were given two years.”
We don’t have a release date yet, but in a press release, Disney+ made it clear that the series would arrive in the fall of this year. About the cast, accompanying Patrick J. Adams and Jake McDorman we will have Colin O’Donoghue, Aaron Staton, James Lafferty, Micah Stock and Michael Trotter.