The series “The Chosen” is based on the bestseller by Tom Wolfe and shows an inspiring look at the beginnings of the United States space program and the formation of the American astronaut team, “Mercury 7”. The original Disney + series opens today, October 9, with new episodes available every Friday.
Throughout eight episodes, it tells the story of America’s first reality TV show, as ambitious astronauts and their families instantly become celebrities in a competition that can kill them or make them immortal.
The two men at the center of the story are Major John Glenn, a respected test pilot and family man, played by Patrick J. Adams (“Suits”), and Lieutenant Alan Shepard, one of the best. test pilots in Navy history, played by Jake McDorman (“What We Do in the Shadows”, “Lady Bird”).
At the height of the Cold War in 1959, the Soviet Union dominated the space race. To combat a national sense of fear and decline, the US government is developing NASA’s Project Mercury, launching a space race with the Soviets and turning a group of talented military test pilots into instant celebrities. This group, which has come to be known as “Mercury 7”, transforms into heroes long before they perform a single heroic act. The country’s best engineers estimate that it takes decades to reach space, but they will only have two years.
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The other members of “Mercury 7” are Captain Cooper (Colin O’Donoghue), the youngest of the seven selected to everyone’s surprise; Wally Schirra (Aaron Staton), a competitive driver with a knack for pranks; Scott Carpenter (James Lafferty), nicknamed “the poet” by other astronauts; Deke Slayton, (Micah Stock), a quiet but incredibly intelligent pilot and engineer; and Gus Grissom, (Michael Trotter), a decorated military veteran who ends up becoming the second man in space.
For those who don’t know, Disney + is already officially operating in Portugal and costs € 6.99 per month, or € 69.99 per year. For more information, or for a subscription, simply access here.
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