The Right Stuff hit theaters in 1983, and became one of the biggest movies of that year. The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program caught America's attention at just the right time, and everyone was talking about the exceptionally made drama. Now, 73 years later, Disney+ is bringing this captivating tale back in a new TV series of the same name. Today, we gave a sneak peek at Disney+ series The Right Stuff, which dropped during the [email protected] panel earlier today.
The cast and crew weren't able to descend upon San Diego this year. But they did gather for a rousing Zoom video during [email protected]. The presentation was made available instantaneously to fans worldwide. And you can watch what played out during the presentation here.
Moderated by former NASA Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, the panel 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.
Based on the iconic bestseller by Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff 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. 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.
At a time when many wondered if America's glory days were behind it, The Right Stuff is an aspirational story for Disney+, about how ordinary human beings can achieve the extraordinary. As much about who we are today as it is about historic achievements, the series evokes the wonder of this singular era, when the free world looked towards a new horizon of hope as we first stepped off the bounds of our only home to venture into the vast unknown.