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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.


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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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Tom Wolfe, Author of ‘The Bonfire of the Vanities’, Dies Aged 88

Tom Wolfe, the best-selling author of The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test among many other works of fiction, non fiction, and journalism, has died at age eighty-eight after a bout of pneumonia. His death was confirmed by his agent Lynn Nesbit. Nesbit described Wolfe as “not just an American icon… he had a huge international literary reputation. All the same, he was one of the most modest and kindest people I have ever met. I never exchanged a cross word with him in our many years of working together.”


Born in Richmond, Virginia in 1930, Wolfe started his career as a reporter for the Washington Post, later working for the New York Herald Tribune. According to NPR, “he developed a unique style, incorporating literary techniques — interior monologues, amped-up prose and eccentric punctuation… called New Journalism.”  The Wall Street Journal describes New Journalism as “a bracing watershed in immersive reporting and visceral writing that removed the authorial distance and plunged readers into situations such as the early years of America’s space program.”


His novels, such as The Bonfire of the Vanities, examined vast concepts. NPR’s obituary for Wolfe includes a quote from the author on how he began writing his first novel: 


I looked at the whole city first. I wanted to do New York High and Low. I figured Wall Street could stand for the high end, and also some of the life on Park Avenue. And at the low end there would be what you find caught up in the criminal mechanism in the Bronx. Once I zeroed in on these areas, I would then find the characters.


Of his writing habits, Wolfe was quotes as saying,


I like to use the technique of what I think of as a controlled trance. I’ll actually sit in front of the typewriter, close my eyes, and then try to imagine myself into the particular scene that I’m going to write about. Once you know what you’re going to say — I give myself a quota each day of 10 triple-spaced pages on the typewriter. And that comes out for me anywhere from 1,600 to 1,800 words. That’s not all that hard to do.


He is credited with coining many phrases which have entered the every day lexicon, such as ‘radical chic,’ and ‘pushing the envelope.’  Lev Grossman, book critic for TIME magazine, told NPR that he credits Wolfe with being one of the first to document society in the way that bloggers do now. “Everything that bloggers have done for journalism — and I personally think they’ve done a lot — Wolfe did it first, he did it 30 years earlier, and he did it better. And I think we’re still catching up to him.”


Wolfe was famed for his tailored white suits and biting humor. His final book, Kingdom of Speech, was published in 2016. 


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