After their award-winning series Band of Brothers, the trio Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman are coming back together as they introduce their new upcoming series Masters of the Air. The show will premiere globally on January 26, 2024, and will be accessible on Apple TV+.
Masters of the Air, based on a book by Donald L. Miller by the same name, follows the true story of the 100th bomber group of the 8th Air Force as they conduct bombing raids over Nazi Germany. "The Bloody Hundredth", as the group would get known among the Air Force, was considered one of the unluckiest involved in the Liberation of Europe, losing a terrible amount of 732 airmen and 177 aircraft. In nine episodes, the series portrays not only the horrific conditions and terrors of combat but also the psychological and emotional price paid by the young men involved in the air battles.
As well as the prequel, the new WWII drama series Masters of the Air will include a stellar cast, with Academy Award nominee Austin Butler playing the leading role of Major Gale Cleven. He will be joined by Callum Turner, embodying Major John Egan, one of Cleven's closest companions. Other parts will be played by Barry Keoghan, Raff Law, Anthony Boyle, Ncuti Gatwa and Sawyer Avery Spielberg.
The settings depicted in the series range from the idyllic fields and villages of southeast England to the harsh images of a German Prisoner-of-war camp. The cinematic achievement of the series is defined above all by the fact that the Second World War, as a unique and decisive time in world history, is recreated in a captivating and realistic way. To represent the historical setting truthfully a full-scale U.S. Air Force base was reconstructed in the hills of Buckinghamshire.
Although no trailer for the hotly anticipated series has been released yet, those interested can already get an idea of the impressive scenery after Apple released a wealth of images. On January 26, the first two episodes will be accessible exclusively on Apple's streaming platform, with new episodes airing weekly through March 15.