The Right Stuff TV Series Overview


Introduction

The Right Stuff is an American historical drama television series, loosely based on the 1979 book of the same name by Tom Wolfe and its 1983 movie adaptation, that premiered on 09 October 2020 on Disney+.

It explores the origins and growth of the United States’ space programme.

Outline

The Right Stuff takes a “gritty, anti-nostalgic look at what would become America’s first reality show as the obsessive original Mercury Seven astronauts and their families become instant celebrities in a competition that will either kill them or make them immortal.

The eight-part, one-hour-per-episode drama will follow the protagonists from the Mojave Desert to the edges of space, with future seasons carrying through to humankind’s greatest achievement: the moon landing.”

Cast

  • Jake McDorman as Alan Shepard.
  • Michael Trotter as Gus Grissom.
  • Patrick J. Adams as John Glenn.
  • James Lafferty as Scott Carpenter.
  • Aaron Staton as Wally Schirra.
  • Colin O’Donoghue as Gordon Cooper.
  • Micah Stock as Deke Slayton.
  • Sacha Seberg as Wernher Von Braun.
  • Jordan Woods-Robinson as Mike Turley.
  • Shannon Lucio as Louise Shepard.
  • Rachel Burttram as Betty Grissom.
  • Nora Zehetner as Annie Glenn.
  • Jade Albany Pietrantonio as Rene Carpenter.
  • Laura Ault as Jo Schirra.
  • Eloise Mumford as Trudy Cooper.
  • Chandler Head as Cam Cooper.
  • Lucy Capri as Janita Cooper.
  • Taegan Burns as Laura Shepard.
  • Avery Burns as Julie Shepard.
  • Kyra Johnson as Lyn Glenn.
  • David Bolinger as David Glenn.
  • Victoria White as Marge Slayton.
  • Christopher Cassarino as Henri Landwirth.
  • Josh Cooke as Loudon Wainwright Jr.
  • Patrick Fischler as Bob Gilruth.
  • Mamie Gummer as Jerrie Cobb.
  • Eric Ladin as Chris Kraft.
  • Jackson Pace as Glynn Lunney.
  • Kaley Ronayne as Dee O’Hara.
  • Danny Strong as John A. Powers.
  • Elizabeth D’Onofrio as Doris.

Production

On 25 July 2017, it was announced that National Geographic was partnering with Appian Way Productions and Warner Horizon Television to option the screen rights to Tom Wolfe’s 1979 novel The Right Stuff. The series was set to be written by Will Staples who was also expected to executive produce alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson.

On 10 February 2019, it was announced during the Television Critics Association’s annual winter press tour that National Geographic had given the production a series order. David Nutter was expected to direct the premiere episode. Additional executive producers were set to include Mark Lafferty and Lizzie Mickery with Lafferty also serving as showrunner.

On 20 November, 2020 the series was granted a tax credit to film a potential second season in San Diego. The show had yet to be officially renewed.

Casting

On 31 May 2019, Patrick J. Adams had been cast in the series lead role of John Glenn. On 14 June 2019, Jake McDorman and Colin O’Donoghue were cast as Alan Shepard and Gordon Cooper, respectively. On 21 June 2019, Eric Ladin, Patrick Fischler, Nora Zehetner, Eloise Mumford, Shannon Lucio, and Josh Cooke joined the cast. On 19 August 2019, Danny Strong was cast as NASA Spokesman John A. “Shorty” Powers. On 29 November 2019, Mamie Gummer was cast as “Mercury 13” astronaut hopeful, Jerrie Cobb.

Release

On 05 May 2020, the series was moved to Disney+ and scheduled for release in late 2020. On 20 August 2020, it was announced that the series would premiere on 09 October 2020.

The Right Stuff has received mixed reviews.

The Right Stuff Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Andrew Bernstein … (2 episodes, 2020).
    • Nick Copus … (2 episodes, 2020).
    • John David Coles … (1 episode, 2020).
    • Louise Friedberg … (1 episode, 2020).
    • Chris Long … (1 episode, 2020).
  • Producer(s):
    • Lisa Albert … consulting producer (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Matt Barber … producer (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Howard Korder … executive producer (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Mark Lafferty … executive producer (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Joshua Levey … supervising producer (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Will Staples … executive producer (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Danny Strong … executive producer (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Jennifer Davisson … executive producer (1 episode, 2020).
    • Leonardo DiCaprio … executive producer (1 episode, 2020).
    • Chris Long … executive producer (1 episode, 2020).
    • David Nutter … executive producer (1 episode, 2020).
    • Llewellyn Wells … producer (1 episode, 2020).
  • Writer(s):
    • Mark Lafferty … (developed for television by) (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Tom Wolfe … (based on the novel by) (8 episodes, 2020).
    • Vinnie Wilhelm … (3 episodes, 2020).
    • Philip Kaufman … (1 episode, 2020).
    • Howard Korder … (1 episode, 2020).
    • Lizzie Mickery … (1 episode, 2020).
    • Danielle Roderick … (1 episode, 2020).
    • Ameni Rozsa … (1 episode, 2020).
    • Will Staples … (1 episode, 2020).
  • Music:
    • Adam Taylor … (8 episodes, 2020).
  • Cinematography:
    • Evans Brown … (5 episodes, 2020).
    • Christopher Norr … (2 episodes, 2020).
    • Peter Menzies Jr. … (1 episode, 2020).
    • Adam Suschitzky … (1 episode, 2020).
  • Editor(s):
    • Matt Barber … (3 episodes, 2020).
    • Paul Karasick … (3 episodes, 2020).
    • Pattye Rogers … (3 episodes, 2020).
    • Matthew Colonna … (1 episode, 2020).
    • Luyen Vu … (1 episode, 2020).
  • Production: Appian Way and Warner Horizon Television.
  • Distributor(s): Walt Disney Television, Disney+, and National Geographic.
  • Release Date: 09 October 2020 to 20 November 2020.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes (without adverts).
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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