THE RIGHT STUFF is an awesome new scripted series coming from National Geogrpahic to Disney+ this fall and today during its Comic-Con@Home panel, a sneak peek was debuted. The show tells the incredible story of America’s first astronauts — the Mercury Seven — during the early days of the U.S. Space Program.
The panel was moderated by the incredible former NASA Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison and 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”), Showrunner and Executive Producer Mark Lafferty, and Executive Producer Jennifer Davisson.
THE RIGHT STUFF, based on the iconic bestseller by Tom Wolfe, is an inspirational look at the early days of the U.S. Space Program and the incredible story of America’s first astronauts, the Mercury Seven. 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.
In the series, the 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.
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THE RIGHT STUFF from National Geographic debuts on the Disney+ streaming platform Fall 2020.