Colin O’Donoghue Replaces Joe Dempsie in National Geographic’s “The Right Stuff”

Colin O’Donoghue has been cast in National Geographic’s forthcoming scripted series, The Right Stuff. O’Donoghue has been brought in as a replacement for Joe Dempsie who is no longer able to be part of the series.

Colin O'Donoghue | Photo by Matt Baron/Shutterstock

Colin O'Donoghue | Photo by Matt Baron/Shutterstock

What’s happening:

  • National Geographic has reportedly recast one of its leads in the upcoming series, The Right Stuff.
  • According to Deadline, Colin O’Donoghue will replace Joe Dempsie as Lt. Gordon Cooper.
  • O’Donoghue joins that cast in place of Dempsie who had to exit the series due to visa issues.
  • Disney fans will recognize O’Donoghue from his portrayal as Captain Hook in ABC’s Once Upon A Time.
  • The Right Stuff is scheduled to begin production this year and will air on National Geographic in 2020. The series is based on the non-fiction book by Tom Wolfe and tells the story of the astronauts of NASA’s Project Mercury.

 About The Right Stuff:

  • “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 adrenaline-fueled 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 first season starts at the height of the Cold War while additional seasons will follow the forming of the Apollo Space Program.

The Right Stuff stars:

  • Patrick J. Adams (Suits) as Major John Glenn
  • Jake McDorman (What We Do in the Shadows) as Alan Shepard
  • Aaron Staton (Narcos: Mexico) as Wally Schirra
  • Michael Trotter (Underground) as Gus Grissom
  • Micah Stock (Escape at Dannemora) as Deke Slayton
  • James Lafferty (Castle Rock) as Scott Carpenter