Patrick J. Adams' 'The Right Stuff' Gets Trailer and Release Date on Disney Plus

The Right Stuff

The former 'Suits' star returns to TV in the Disney+ series depicting the 1950s space race produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Patrick J. Adams’ return to TV is now set for Disney+. His new series The Right Stuff, which revisits the early days of the space race, is moving from the National Geographic channel to the streaming platform and is slated to debut with two episodes on October 9.

The streaming platform also released a new trailer for 8-part series, which follows the lives of ambitious, young astronauts, who became instant celebrities as they risked their lives to be among the first to leave the planet. At the center of the story are Major John Glenn (portrayed by Adams) and Lieutenant Commander Alan Shepard (Jake McDorman). 

These two men were among those dubbed the Mercury Seven, which also included Lieutenant Gordon Cooper (Colin O’Donoghue), Wally Schirra (Aaron Staton), Scott Carpenter (James Lafferty), Deke Slayton (Micah Stock) and Guss Grissom (Michael Trotter). 

Executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, the series is adapted from Tom Wolfe’s bestselling nonfiction account of the United States’ burgeoning space program.

While the 1959 space race with the Soviet Union propels the story, showrunner Mark Lafferty says that “the show is as much about who we are today as it is about our historic achievements. At a time when the world is confronted with significant challenges, this story reminds us that what seems impossible today can become the triumph of tomorrow.”

As for Adams, who is making his return to TV after seven seasons of Suits, he tells ET that The Right Stuff checked every box. “First of all, the script was phenomenal,” the actor says of Lafferty’s writing, adding that “the idea of playing John Glenn was a dream come true.”

In addition to the trailer, Disney+ previously released a behind-the-scenes trailer, which offered a closer look at Adams as Glenn and the rest of the cast as well as how the series recreated the life and mentality of early 1960s America. 

[This story was updated on Aug. 20, with the new premiere date and trailer.]