Apple TV+ has set January 26, 2024, as the premiere date for its highly anticipated World War II drama series, “Masters of the Air.” The nine-episode limited series, produced by industry titans Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman, is a follow-up to the Emmy-winning classics “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific.”
Led by actor Austin Butler, “Masters of the Air” will debut with two episodes on January 26, followed by a new episode released every Friday until March 15. The streaming platform has released a glimpse of the series through some initial photos, building anticipation for what is expected to be a gripping portrayal of historical events.
Based on Donald L. Miller’s book and scripted by John Orloff, the limited series chronicles the true story of an American bomber group during World War II. Executive producer Gary Goetzman expressed that “Masters of the Air” is a tribute to the courageous men of the 8th Air Force, acknowledging their valor and camaraderie that played a crucial role in defeating Nazi Germany.
The series focuses on the 100th Bomb Group, known as the “Bloody Hundredth,” as they embark on perilous bombing raids over Nazi Germany. The narrative delves into the challenges faced by these men, including frigid conditions, lack of oxygen, and the sheer terror of combat at 25,000 feet in the air. The psychological and emotional toll paid by these young men in their mission to dismantle Hitler’s Third Reich is a central theme, showcasing the sacrifices made by those who were shot down, captured, wounded, killed, or fortunate enough to make it home.
The ensemble cast includes notable names such as Callum Turner, Anthony Boyle, Nate Mann, Rafferty Law, Barry Keoghan, Josiah Cross, Branden Cook, and Ncuti Gatwa.
Apple Studios is at the helm of production, with Spielberg leading through Amblin Television, and Hanks and Goetzman representing Playtone. Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey of Amblin Television, along with Steven Shareshian of Playtone, serve as co-executive producers. John Orloff, the series’ scriptwriter, also takes on the role of co-executive producer, with Cary Joji Fukunaga directing four of the nine episodes.
“Masters of the Air” arrives at a time when its predecessors, “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific,” are enjoying renewed global interest on Netflix, setting the stage for another impactful historical drama on Apple TV+.
Based on a true story of brotherhood and American airmen in WWII Europe.
Your first look at Masters of the Air, the new limited series from Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman. Streaming January 26. pic.twitter.com/3uFPCVXj9L
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