Orlando, Fla. — A new series based in Orlando premiered Friday on the Disney+ steaming service.
The Right Stuff re-imagines the 1983 movie of the same name and follows the early days of NASA and the stories of the seven Project Mercury astronauts.
The film coordinated with the Orlando Economic Partnership to secure the show’s production headquarters in the City Beautiful.
“By bringing together multiple partners throughout the industry and across the region, we were able to leverage our authentic locations and experienced crew and talent, proving what film in Orlando looks like - creative, experienced and innovative - all while significantly stimulating the economy,” says Sheena Fowler, Orlando film commissioner and Orlando Economic Partnership vice president of innovation.
Scenes were also filmed in Winter Garden, Sanford, Osceola county and in Brevard county.
For more than six months, the project provided a boost to the local economy by booking hotel reservations, hiring catering companies and renting equipment.
Despite the pandemic and local COVID-19 restrictions, the Orlando Economic Partnership says Orlando has hosted several film projects including large-budget commercials for Coca-Cola, T-Mobile and more.
The first two episodes of the first season of The Right Stuff are now available on Disney+.
Florida Today captured behind-the-scenes photos of the production’s filming in Cocoa Beach.