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321...Blast Off! 揟he Right Stuff From National Geographic Lands On Disney+ With Two-Episode Premiere On October 9

Disney+ Original Series Stars Patrick J. Adams, Jake McDorman, Colin O扗onoghue, James Lafferty, Aaron Staton, Michael Trotter and Micah Stock as America抯 First Astronauts

8-Episode Season Hails from Appian Way and Warner Bros. Television


The incredible story of America抯 first astronauts begins right here on Earth in the Disney+ original series 揟he Right Stuff, with a two-episode premiere on Friday, October 9. Based on the bestselling book by Tom Wolfe, the eight-episode season is an inspirational look at the early days of the U.S. Space Program and the iconic story of America抯 first astronauts, the Mercury 7. Produced for National Geographic by Leonardo DiCaprio抯 Appian Way and Warner Bros. Television, 揟he Right Stuff攖akes a clear-eyed look at America抯 first 搑eality show, when ambitious astronauts and their families became instant celebrities in a competition of money, fame and immortality.

The Right Stuff | Official Trailer | Disney+

At the height of the Cold War in 1959, America fears it is a nation in decline as the Soviet Union dominates 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抯 best engineers estimate they抣l need decades to accomplish the feat卋ut 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扗onoghue), the youngest of the seven selected to everyone抯 surprise; Wally Schirra (Aaron Staton), a competitive pilot with a gift for pulling pranks; Scott Carpenter (James Lafferty), dubbed 揟he 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 inthe public eye; Louise Shepard (Shannon Lucio), a wife and mother who refuses to let Alan抯 transgressions affect her home; and Trudy Cooper (Eloise Mumford), an accomplished pilot who puts her own ambitions aside to present the image of a happy family.

Set during a time when many wondered whether America抯 glory days were behind it, 揟he Right Stuff is an aspirational story about ambition and exploration and how ordinary human beings can achieve the extraordinary.

Showrunner Mark Lafferty (揅astle Rock, 揌alt and Catch Fire) serves as executive producer along with Appian Way抯 Jennifer Davisson and Leonardo DiCaprio, in addition to Will Staples (揂nimals, 揝hooter), Emmy winner Danny Strong (揈mpire, 揟he Hunger Games movies, 揋ame Change), Howard Korder (揃oardwalk Empire) and Chris Long (揟he Americans, 揟he Mentalist) who directed and executive produced the first episode. Academy Award winner Thelma Schoonmaker (揜aging Bull, 揋oodFellas, 揟he Departed) is consulting producer and Michael Hampton shepherded this project on behalf of Appian Way and is co-producer.

About Disney+

Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. As part of Disney抯 Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment, Disney+ is available on most internet-connected devices and offers commercial-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series and short-form content. Alongside unprecedented access to Disney抯 incredible library of film and television entertainment, the service is also the exclusive streaming home for the latest releases from The Walt Disney Studios. Disney+ is available as part of a bundle offer that gives subscribers access to Disney+, Hulu (ad-supported), and ESPN+. Visit to subscribe and/or learn more about the service.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic抯 media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children抯 media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 132 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27% of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit or, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Appian Way

Appian Way Productions is a Los Angeles-based film and television production company founded by Leonardo DiCaprio. Jennifer Davisson serves as president of production. Since its launch, Appian Way has released a diverse slate of films, including Alejandro I襻rritu抯 three-time Academy Award and Golden Globe winner The Revenant, Martin Scorsese抯 Academy Award- and Golden Globe- nominated The Wolf of Wall Street and Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning The Aviator, along with Shutter Island, Scott Cooper抯 Out of the Furnace, George Clooney抯 Golden Globe-nominated The Ides of March, the psychological thriller Orphan and the film adaptation of Dennis Lehane抯 critically acclaimed novel Live by Night with Ben Affleck, among others. Currently in post-production on The Right Stuff based on the acclaimed Tom Wolfe book for National Geographic.

The company has put forth strong efforts to gain headway in the documentary world, especially as it pertains to progressive environmental change. Appian Way recently worked in partnership with the History Channel on 揊rontiersman, and National Geographic to produce 揃efore the Flood, a documentary film that sheds light on that aforementioned change. It also worked with Netflix on the Academy Award-nominated Virunga, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, and Kip Anderson抯 Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. Appian is in partnership with Netflix on several additional documentaries, including critically acclaimed The Ivory Game, How to Change the World and Catching the Sun. Recently released projects included; Sea of Shadows with National Geographic which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Ice on Fire with HBO along with And We Go Green which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

About Warner Bros. Television

One of the entertainment industry抯 most-respected providers of original primetime programming since its founding in 1955, Warner Bros. Television produces original scripted drama and comedy series for multiple platforms. As of August 2020, Warner Bros. Television is producing more than 70 scripted series for on-demand/streaming services, premium/pay and basic cable channels, and the five broadcast networks.

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