“The Right Stuff,” a new television series adapted from Tom Wolfe’s iconic account of the early days of the U.S. space program, will start filming this fall on the Space Coast.
Leonardo DiCaprio will be one of the executive producers of “The Right Stuff.” Appian Way Productions, a film and television production company founded by DiCaprio, is collaborating on the project with National Geographic Partners LLC and Warner Horizon Scripted Television.
A number of films and episodes of reality television shows have been filmed on the Space Coast in recent years. But Space Coast Film Commissioner Bonnie King believes “The Right Stuff” will be the first television series filmed in Brevard County since “The Cape,” a space-themed series which aired in in 1996 and 1997, and had among its stars Adam Baldwinand Corbin Bernsen.
King said she got confirmation recently that “The Right Stuff” would film here and in the Orlando area, although many details are still being worked out.
King said she is pleased that the Space Coast was selected as a filming location, since “this is where it all happened. It’s the right thing to do for ‘The Right Stuff.'”
Having a television series filmed here will provide a boost to the local economy, both in terms of jobs and in spending at local hotels, restaurants and stores. And it could have a spinoff tourism effect, as people come to the area to see the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and other locales depicted in the show.
In “The Right Stuff” trailer, cast members suit up in a hangar and meet with experts.
“What we did today was to try to give our actors exposure to the real world of experimental flight test,” retired Navy test pilot Dave Kennedy said in the video. “It’s impressive when a production understands how important it is to get this kind of hands-on exposure.”
Fellow retired Navy test pilot Bill Warlick appears in the trailer, too: “We gave them a chance to put one of the anti-G (anti-gravity) suits on, strap in, close the canopy. Several of the actors were able to put a helmet and oxygen mask on, to help give them some insight into the life of a test pilot.”
The series stars Patrick J. Adams (“Suits”) as John Glenn; Jake McDorman (“Sniper,” “Limitless”) as Alan Shepard; James Lafferty (Nathan Scott on “One Tree Hill”) as Scott Carpenter; Tony-nominated actor Micah Stock as Deke Slayton; Michael Trotter (“Underground”) as Gus Grissom; Aaron Staton (“Mad Men”) as Wally Schirra; and Colin O’Donoghue (Captain Hook on “Once Upon a Time”) as Gordon Cooper. O’Donoghue replaced actor Joe Dempsie, who had to exit the series because of visa issues, according to Deadline.
This article originally appeared on FloridaToday.com