LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The much awaited World War Two series “Masters of the Air” makes its streaming debut on Friday.
Conceived and produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, the “Band of Brothers” spin-off’s stellar ensemble cast includes actors Austin Butler, Callum Turner, Barry Keoghan, Ncuti Gatwa and Raff Law.
The show is based on historian Donald L. Miller’s 2007 book of the same name and follows the U.S. Air Force’s 100th Bomb Group and their risky raids over Nazi Germany.
“Elvis” star Butler plays Major Gale “Buck” Cleven, who alongside his best friend, Major John “Bucky” Egan (Turner), leads the young men, who came to be known as “The Bloody Hundredth”, on their deadly missions.
“I felt a lot of responsibility bringing this to life. They’re the true heroes and their bravery is second to none,” said Butler.
“The psychological turmoil they were going through at such a young age, I’m just filled with this reverence and this feeling of immense gratitude to them because they made the world a safer place,” Butler, 32, said.
British actor Turner, fresh off his star turn in George Clooney’s “The Boys in the Boat”, said the series portrays both the hazardous situations and the range of emotions the squadron faced.
“You had a 23 percent chance of survival every time you went up into the plane,” said Turner.
“You get to see how volatile and violent it was every time they went up but you also get to experience them dealing with their grief and the effect on their mind, body and spirit.”
The sets were so realistic and detailed they made Irish actor Keoghan feel like he was part of the military, he said.