Leonardo DiCaprio Developing Series About NASA And The Cold War

One small step for Leo

Not content with just dropping a new project with Martin Scorsese, DiCaprio now has his eyes on outer space as he is set to produce a scripted series about the NASA space program in conjunction with National Geographic.

This is the second time he'll collaborate with the channel, following the success of his climate change documentary Before The Flood.

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The series will be based on Tom Wolfe's 1979 novel The Right Stuff. Taking place at the height of the Cold War in 1958, it follows a group of astronauts who were selected for America's first space program, Project Mercury.

Their journey from breaking the sound barrier to completing the first manned flight into space is going to be integral to the series.

Courteney Monroe, National Geographic Global Networks CEO, said: "We're looking at moment in time where the everyday life, the trials and tribulations, of these men was scrutinized in the public. The story gives a peek into the minds and goals of these astronauts seeking exploration and adventure during the space race of the '50s, making it the perfect story for National Geographic to tell."

It's set to be a good on,e as Jennifer Davisson and Will Staples will also be working alongside Leo.