Apple Studios today revealed that Austin Butler (Untitled Elvis Presley Project, Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood, The Iceman Cometh) and BAFTA Award-nominee Callum Turner (The Capture, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Emma and the upcoming “Last Letter From Your Lover) will play lead roles in Masters of the Air, the broadly anticipated, sweeping international drama that reunites Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman following their Emmy Award-winning collaborations on Band of Brothers and The Pacific.
The limited series, produced by Playtone and Amblin Television will join the expanding, Emmy Award-winning slate on Apple TV+.
Butler will star as Major Gale Cleven and Turner will star as Major John Egan.
Based on the compelling book by Donald L. Miller, Masters of the Air follows the true, deeply personal story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. The series is written by Band of Brothers alumnus John Orloff and Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Graham Yost, who are also co-executive producing.
Produced by Apple Studios, Steven Spielberg will executive produce through Amblin Television, alongside executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman for Playtone. Amblin Television’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey and Playtone’s Steven Shareshian serve as co-executive producers. Alex Maggioni will oversee the day-to-day development of the project for Amblin, alongside Spielberg, Frank and Falvey.
Masters of the Air will premiere globally on Apple TV+ where it will join the acclaimed film Greyhound from starring and written by Hanks, produced by Goetzman and hailing from Playtone, and Amazing Stories from Amblin Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg.
The series joins Apple TV+’s ever-expanding lineup from the world’s greatest storytellers, which has received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service, with 250 awards nominations and 70 wins in just over a year including the Golden Globe-nominated and AFI honored Ted Lasso, SAG, Critics Choice and Emmy Award-winning The Morning Show, and more.
Butler is represented by Anonymous Content, WME and The Lede Company.
Turner is represented by WME, Curtis Brown UK, PJ Shapiro at Ziffren.
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