The Hollywood film scene is coming to Florida.
"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, according to Florida Today.
Space Coast Film Commissioner Bonnie King said she got confirmation recently that "The Right Stuff" would film on the Space Coast and in the Orlando area.
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the executive producers.
Appian Way Productions, a film and television production company founded by DiCaprio, is collaborating on the series with National Geographic Partners LLC and Warner Horizon Scripted Television.
From Apollo 13 to Transformers: Dark of the Moon, this isn’t the first time the Space Coast has been the site for famous films.
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.'
The premiere episode of "The Right Stuff" will also have David Nutter, whose credits include “Game of the Thrones” and “Band of Brothers,” as a director and executive producer.
The first season takes place at the height of the Cold War in 1958.
The season focuses on how "the public is in fear of a nation in decline, so the U.S. government conceives of a solution — NASA’s Project Mercury — creating the country’s premier astronauts from a handful of the military’s adrenaline-junkie test pilots,” said National Geographic.
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Laura Jazmin Tolliver is a digital reporter for GateHouse Media Group’s Florida team, based in West Palm Beach, Fla. Jaz’s stories, which run across digital, print and video platforms, are syndicated across the 22 Florida newspaper markets.