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Our First-Look at Tom Wolfe’s ‘The Right Stuff’ Is Here!

Last June 20th was the anniversary of the first moon landing. Would you believe that it happened back in 1969? Were you even alive back then? Well, you get your chance to live through it vicariously or re-live it when National Geographic’s original drama series The Right Stuff comes out.

In the meantime, we have the first look-trailer available below.

 

 

Wow! Can you believe it when retired Navy test pilot Dave Kennedy said, “What we did today is to try to give our actors exposure to the real world of experimental flight test. It’s important when a production understands how important it is to get this kind of exposure”?

Guess Gendry really is going to space!

For those, looking for a bit more context, stick around and scroll down.

Now if you think this story or the title is familiar, don’t worry you’re not going crazy.

Well, maybe you are, I’m not a medical doctor.

Either way, it was confirmed a long time ago that the first season will use Tom Wolfe’s book of the same name as its starting point, meaning the show will begin at the height of the Cold War.

 

Tom Wolfe's 'The Right Stuff'
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Published in 1979, The Right Stuff follows the United States’ efforts in the early days of the space race, focusing exclusively on the first operational manned space-flight program. Codenamed Project Mercury, the program involved a group known as the “Mercury Seven,” whose members included Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton.

See, early space tests actually rarely required humans to be on board, but in order to ‘give the space mission a human face’, it was decided that humans would be on board anyway. This made celebrities out of those who became known as the Mercury Seven.

The book focuses on the astronauts’ personal lives and individual stories as opposed to the more technical aspects of the space race, pondering the question of “Why?”—hence the title The Right Stuff.

 

The Right Stuff
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The book was adapted into the 1983 film. Directed by Philip Kaufman, the film starred acting giants Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, and Sam Shepard as well as many others. Despite its status as a box office failure, the film received widespread critical acclaim and went on to earn eight Oscar nominations, four of which it won. Those were Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, and Best Sound.

In 2013, the film received the honor of being selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

 

image from 'The Right Stuff' (1983)

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However, the film adaptation has been criticized for numerous historical inaccuracies, including having Jack Ridley show up in 1963 even though in real life he died in 1957. More humorously, however, the film ends with the narrator stating: “on this glorious day in May 1963 [Gordo Cooper] was the last American to go into space alone,” when, in fact, Joe Walker flew into twice after Cooper in July and August of that same year.

But what film can be completely accurate? Even at 3 hours and 13 minutes, the film does the best it can.

But what if it was a TV show?

This was the question Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way…

… and Warner Horizon Scripted Television asked, and thus they are now the producers behind this new TV show.

 

 

Now we find ourselves here, getting ready to watch the first-look trailer again.

For an extensive look at the cast list and the producers, click here to learn more! Since I wrote the article, however, I will unashamedly steal the closing joke:

Hopeful this show grabs our hearts and takes them to…...to infinity and beyond!

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Production will begin this fall in Cocoa Beach, Florida and is set for a 2020 premiere on National Geographic.

 

 

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Gendry from ‘GoT’ Is Going to Space in ‘The Right Stuff’!

Gendry in Game of Thrones has been cast in the TV adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s best-selling nonfiction book The Right Stuff!

 

Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff

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This 1979 nonfiction book follows the United States’ efforts in the early days of the space race, focusing exclusively on the first operational manned space-flight program. Codenamed Project Mercury, the program involved a group known as the “Mercury Seven,” whose members included Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton.

 

 

The book details how the Mercury Seven became the faces of early space tests which rarely required humans to be on board before, adding a more human element to the missions, and making celebrities of a handful of military test pilots.

As a result of this decision, the book focuses on the astronauts’ personal lives and individual stories as opposed to the more technical aspects of the space race, pondering the question of “Why?”—hence the title The Right Stuff.

 

The Right Stuff 1983

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The book was adapted into the 1983 film of the same name, directed by Philip Kaufman and starring Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Sam Shepard, and many others. The film was a box office failure, but it received widespread critical acclaim and went on to earn eight Oscar nominations, four of which it won: Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, and Best Sound.

In 2013, the film received the honor of being selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Despite this, the 1983 film has been criticized for numerous historical inaccuracies, including having Jack Ridley show up in 1963 even though in real life he died in 1957. More humorously, however, the film ends with the narrator stating: “on this glorious day in May 1963 [Gordo Cooper] was the last American to go into space alone,” when, in fact, Joe Walker flew into twice after Cooper in July and August of that same year.

 

Appian Way

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To be honest: Of course the film would have inaccuracies. No film can be completely accurate, and at 3 hours and 13 minutes, the film does the best it can.

“Maybe it should be a TV series instead?” Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Warner Horizon Scripted Television seemed to have asked and, lo and behold, it shall become one.

 

Mark Lafferty

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Here’s the behind the scenes: Mark Lafferty, producer on Castle Rockwill also serve as showrunner with DiCaprio, Jennifer Davvisson, producer of The Revenant, and Will Staples serving as executive producers. Shout out to Michael Hampton, who shepherded this project on behalf of Appian Way. Thank God for him!

 

 

And now Deadline is reporting that Joe Dempsie, who was Gendry in Game of Thrones, and Jake McDorman from the horror-comedy What We Do in the Shadows, have been cast, completing the Mercury Seven.

Here’s the people who will make their way on the small screen:

 

Jake McDorman

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Jake McDorman, from What We Do in the Shadows fame, will portray one of the best test pilots in Navy history: the furiously competitive Alan Shepard.

 

Joe Dempsie

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Joe Dempsie, our own Gendry from Game of Thrones, will portray the youngest of the seven: Lieutenant. Gordon Cooper.

 

Patrick J Adams

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Patrick J. Adams, who played Rex Tyler/Hourman in Legends of Tomorrow and Mike Ross in Suits, will portray revered test pilot and committed family man: Major John Glenn.

 

Aaron Staton

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Aaron Staton, from Narcos: Mexico, will portray the competitive pilot with a gift for pulling pranks: Wally Schirra.

 

James Lafferty

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James Lafferty, from The Haunting of Hill House, will portray the soulful Scott ‘The Poet’ Carpenter.

 

Micah Stock

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Micah Stock, from Escape at Dannemora, will portray the quiet but incredibly intelligent pilot and engineer: Deke Slayton.

 

Michael Trotter

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Michael Trotter, from Underground, will portray Gus Grissom, a no-nonsense test pilot who eventually becomes the second man in space.

 

 

Hopefully this series will give each of the seven their due respect in sharing their respective stories. Are you excited? I know I am, because not only will this series adapt The Right Stuff, but word is that subsequent seasons of The Right Stuff will carry through to the epochal Apollo Space Program, from Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon and beyond.

Hopeful this show grabs our hearts and takes them to…

...to infinity and beyond!

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Production will begin this fall in Cocoa Beach, Florida and is set for a 2020 premiere on National Geographic.

 

 

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Maisie Williams and Joe Dempsie

Maisie Williams Talks THAT Arya/Gendry Scene From Episode 2

Spoilers for episode 2 of Game of ThronesGet out now if you haven’t seen it! You good? Okay then.

Episode 2 was a comparatively slower paced episode, allowing us to explore the characters and their relationships perhaps for the last time before the White Walker invasion. It featured great individual moments, like Podrick’s surprisingly great singing skills, Sansa and Theon’s reunion, Bran forgiving Jamie for crippling him, and Brienne being finally made a knight of the seven kingdoms. But the best moment and the one that probably shocked fans the most was Arya and Gendry finally consummating their long-standing crush.

 

Arya Stark and Gendry Baratheon kissing at last

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Yep, Arya finally got laid. The scene began innocently enough, with Gendry finding Arya and giving her the weapon she had request of him in episode 1. Until, that is, the scene took on a more erotically charged flair when Arya began questioning Gendry on how many girls he had before Melisandre and began pointedly removing her gloves. Then as she kissed Gendry and from there, the two got busy. It reminded viewers that Arya was no longer a child and was using that to find some happiness in the night before the battle.

Maisie Williams herself commented on the scene according to Vanity Fair, noting it was Arya’s decision to have sex that made her human again. Noting that human emotions are something Arya has been cutting herself off from, Maisie Williams commented that it was a very ‘human’ decision that grounded her again after so much time away from her family, training to be an assassin and a warrior in isolated parts of the earth. The show runners also noted they gave Williams full control over the scene, with Maisie Williams choosing to have the nudity occur mostly offscreen, noting it was important to focus in on the emotions of the moment and not the sex itself.

The scene itself was quite powerful, showcasing a young woman taking control over her sexuality and engaging in a healthy relationship, especially considering how badly women have been treated in the past throughout Game of Thrones’s history. And since it may be Arya’s last night on earth, this only made the moment more impactful. Hopefully, neither she or Gendry will meet their end next week, considering the army of the dead has now reached Winterfell’s doorstep.

What are your thoughts on the scene? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

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