Disney+ has released the first trailer for their new National Geographic series based on the Tom Wolfe novel of the same name.
'The Right Stuff' tells the story of ambitious US astronauts, engineers, pilots, and their families as they attempt to one-up the Soviet Union's domination of the space race. Capturing a critical moment in US history, Wolfe's book revolves around NASA and the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the postwar research program. The Mercury 7 astronauts are thrust into the public eye, whether they want to or not.
Having already been given a 1983 film starring Dennis Quaid and Ed Harris, this fresh adaptation of the American classic will be winging its way to Disney+ later this year. Executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, who is also the founder of one of the studios involved in the production of the series Appian Way, the scripted series will tell the novel's story over eight episodes. Mark Lafferty (who worked on Stephen King's 'Castle Rock' series and 'Halt and Catch Fire'), has served as the series' showrunner.
The cast of the series boasts an incredible list of talent, including Patrick J. Adams who starred as Mike Ross in 'Suits', Patrick Fischler from 'Mad Men', as well as rising Irish actor Colin O'Donoghue.
Here's the trailer for 'The Right Stuff'.
Follow seven of the military’s best test pilots at the dawn of the U.S. space program as they train to become the first astronauts. The Right Stuff, an Original Series based on the bestselling novel by Tom Wolfe, is coming soon. #DisneyPlus pic.twitter.com/IiwYPe9LGc
— Disney+ UK (@DisneyPlusUK) May 6, 2020
There's been no official release date for the eight-episode series, but expect it to land on Disney+ at some point this autumn.