Patrick J. Adams to Star as Astronaut John Glenn on National Geographic Drama

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Patrick J. Adams' next TV role will be out of this world. 

The former Suits star has signed on to play Maj. John Glenn on National Geographic's The Right Stuff. 

The series is based on Tom Wolfe's 1979 non-fiction book of the same name. John was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. 

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According to the press release from National Geographic, the first season of The Right Stuff, which uses Wolfe’s book as its starting point, starts at the height of the Cold War.

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To combat a national sentiment of fear and decline, the U.S. government conceives of NASA’s Project Mercury, igniting a space race with the Soviets and making instant celebrities of a handful of the military’s adrenaline-fueled test pilots.

These individuals, who come to be known as the Mercury Seven, are forged into heroes long before they have achieved a single heroic act.

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At the heart of a historic drama populated by deeply human characters, two arch-rivals — Glenn and Shepard — jockey to be the first man in space.

If the show is a success, subsequent seasons of The Right Stuff will carry through to the epochal Apollo Space Program, where humankind saw one of its greatest achievements — man setting foot on the moon — and missions beyond.

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David Nutter, who is best known for his directing duties on Game of Thrones (RIP!) is on board to direct and executive produce the series premiere. 

Nutter is a go-to director for pilots, and his work here is likely to be exceptional.

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Mark Lafferty (Castle Rock, Halt and Catch Fire) will serve as showrunner, executive-producing alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson, and Will Staples.

Adams departed Suits in 2018 after its seventh season. He went on to appear on Sneaky Pete Season 3, and starred opposite wife Troian Bellisario on the movie, Clara. 

As for whether he will return for the upcoming series finale of Suits, there's no word yet. 

For now, we can hope!

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