6 things to know about TV show ‘The Right Stuff,’ which filmed on the Space Coast
Editor's note: An early version of this story said “Edward Scissorhands,” “Caddyshack,” and “Midnight Cowboy” were filmed on the Space Coast. They were filmed in other locations in Florida.
“The Right Stuff,” an American drama TV series, is set to blast off today on Disney+. The eight-episode series, which is an adaption of Tom Wolfe's account of the early days of the U.S. space program, has many ties to the Sunshine State. Parts of the show were filmed at Kennedy Space Center on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch last year.
Here are six fun facts to know about the show
1. Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the executive producers on the series. Shortly after filming "Titanic," the global superstar visited the Space Coast to watch John Glenn become the oldest man in space.
2. "The Right Stuff" will be the first television series filmed in Brevard County since "The Cape," a space-themed series, which aired in 1996 and 1997. Adam Baldwin and Corbin Bernsen starred on the show.
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3. This isn’t the first time Leonardo DiCaprio has had movie ties to the Space Coast. He filmed scenes on the Space Coast while playing a supporting role alongside Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton in "Marvin's Room.”
4. “The Right Stuff” isn’t the only show that has been filmed on the Space Coast. “Armageddon” (1998) and “First Man” (2018) were filmed across the 72 miles of coastline.
5. One of the actors on the show is from Fort Myers. Actor Rachel Burttram plays Betty Grissom, astronaut Gus Grissom’s wife. Burttram grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, just down the interstate from Huntsville and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. She said that as a child she wrote a poem for a school contest about how she wanted to be an astronaut one day and ended up winning a $100 savings bond.
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6. Some scenes of the "The Right Stuff" were also filmed in locations around Central Florida including Tampa, Orlando, Sanford and Cocoa Beach.
Learn more about the show at disneyplusoriginals.disney.com/show/the-right-stuff.
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