First look at the Disney+ astronaut drama series from Leonardo DiCaprio
Space, the final frontier, has been a long-held facination for most humans since the first of the explorers rocketed to outer space. While we're all stuck at home, there's an all new astronaut drama series coming to Disney+ courtesy Leonardo diCaprio.
Disney+ has unveiled a first look at The Right Stuff, a star-studded astronaut drama series from Leonardo DiCaprio. But before you get too excited diCaprio will not be in the series, he's the executive producer.
Produced for National Geographic, The Right Stuff has been adapted from Tom Wolfe’s best-selling non-fiction book on the early days of the U.S. space program. Pretty cool, isn't it?
The series will follow the seven American astronauts integral to the space race, and there will be some added drama as it will focus on the rivalry between John Glenn (played by Suits star Patrick J. Adams) and Alan Shepherd (Jake McDorman, What We Do in the Shadows) during the development of NASA's Project Mercury.
The historical drama is set at the height of the Cold War between the United States and Russia.
The official synopsis for The Right Stuff says:
"At the height of the Cold War in 1959, the Soviet Union dominates the space race. To combat a national sentiment of fear and decline, the U.S. government conceives of NASA’s Project Mercury, igniting a space race with the Soviets and making instant celebrities of a handful of the military’s most accomplished test pilots. These individuals, who come to be known as the Mercury Seven, are forged into heroes long before they have achieved a single heroic act. The nation’s best engineers estimate they need several decades to make it into outer space. They are given two years."
Disney+ hasn't revealed the date the series will hit our home screens but has said it will be available this Autumn.