Six Actors Join Cast of National Geographic’s “The Right Stuff”

National Geographic’s upcoming series, The Right Stuff has cast its Mercury Seven astronauts. Production on the show’s first season will begin this fall.

What’s happening:

  • New casting announcements have been made for National Geographic’s forthcoming series, The Right Stuff.
  • Last week’s National Geographic announced the series and revealed that Patrick J. Adams would star as Major John Glenn.
  • The Right Stuff will be an episodic series based on the non-fiction book by Tom Wolfe.
  • Today, Deadline is reporting that six others have joined the series:
    • Jake McDorman as Alan Shepard (What We Do in the Shadows)
    • Joe Dempsie as Lt. Gordon Cooper (Game of Thrones)
    • Aaron Staton as Wally Schirra (Narcos: Mexico)
    • Michael Trotter as Gus Grissom (Underground)
    • Micah Stock as Deke Slayton (Escape at Dannemora)
    • James Lafferty as Scott Carpenter (Castle Rock)
  • This completes the casting of the Mercury Seven– the team of astronaut hopefuls who made it their mission to be part of NASA’s Project Mercury.
  • Production will begin this fall in Cocoa Beach, Fla., and will premiere globally on National Geographic in 2020.

The Mercury Seven|NASA

The Mercury Seven|NASA

About the roles the in National Geographic’s The Right Stuff:

  • Adams plays Maj. John Glenn, a revered test pilot and committed family man with unwavering principles
  • McDorman portrays Alan Shepard, one of the best test pilots in Navy history, who is furiously competitive
  • Dempsie plays Lt. Gordon Cooper, the youngest of the seven who was selected to everyone’s surprise
  • Staton portrays Wally Schirra, a competitive pilot with a gift for pulling pranks
  • Lafferty plays Scott Carpenter, a soulful man who was dubbed “The Poet” by the other astronauts
  • Stock portrays Deke Slayton, a taciturn but incredibly intelligent pilot and engineer
  • Trotter plays Gus Grissom, a no-nonsense test pilot who eventually becomes the second man in space

Did you know?:

  • Wolfe’s book was adapted into a movie in 1983. At the time the cast included:
    • Ed Harris as Glenn
    • Scott Glenn as Shepard
    • Dennis Quaid as Cooper
    • Lance Henriksen as Schirra
    • Charles Frank as Carpenter
    • Scott Paulin as Slayton
    • Fred Ward as Grissom

Creative team:

  • Executive producers:
    • Leonardo DiCaprio
    • Jennifer Davisson
    • Mark Lafferty (Castle Rock, Halt and Catch Fire)
    • Will Staples (Animals, Shooter)
    • David Nutter (Game of Thrones, Band of Brothers)
  • Showrunner:
    • Mark Lafferty
  • Premiere episode director:
    • David Nutter
  • Michael Hampton shepherded this project on behalf of Appian Way.