Apple TV+ has just revealed Masters of the Air trailer, a highly anticipated World War II drama. This miniseries, marking the third collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, follows in the footsteps of their earlier war projects, Band of Brothers and The Pacific.
The impressive cast includes Callum Turner, Anthony Boyle, Nate Mann, Rafferty Law, Josiah Cross, Branden Cook, Ncuti Gatwa, Austin Butler, and Barry Keoghan, among others. Masters of the Air series, based on Donald L. Miller’s book and written by John Orloff, recounts the gripping tale of the 100th Bomb Group, nicknamed the “Bloody Hundredth.” The series vividly portrays their perilous bombing missions over Nazi Germany, facing brutal conditions and the harsh realities of combat at 25,000 feet.
The show delves into the mental and emotional challenges these young men faced as they played a vital role in dismantling Hitler’s regime. Some were captured, others wounded or lost their lives, and a fortunate few returned home. Regardless of their fates, all paid a significant toll.
Inspiration of Masters of Air
Masters of the Air draws inspiration from Stephen E. Ambrose’s non-fiction book, ensuring historical accuracy through meticulous research. The series mirrors the experiences of Easy Company during World War II, providing a raw and authentic portrayal of the struggles, sacrifices, and camaraderie of soldiers during combat.
The success of the series led to the creation of The Pacific, a follow-up set in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Based on memoirs by Eugene Sledge and Robert Leckie, the series depicts the intense battles against Japanese forces, including the Battle of Guadalcanal and Okinawa. Both Band of Brothers and The Pacific are available for streaming on Max.
Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Steven Shareshian, and Graham Yost contribute as co-executive producers, with directors including Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Dee Rees, and Tim Van Patten. The series kicks off with a two-part premiere on January 26, followed by weekly episodes until March 15, 2024.
Check out Masters of the Air trailer below.