Nate Mann to star in Steven Spielberg’s and Tom Hanks’ World War II Apple TV+ series ‘Masters of the Air’

In October 2019, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Tom Hanks & Gary Goetzman’s Playtone inked a deal with Apple for an event limited series based on the Donald L. Miller book Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought The Air War Against Nazi Germany, a followup to their Emmy-winning WWII HBO miniseries Band Of Brothers and The Pacific. Now, Variety reports that Nate Mann will join the series’ ensemble cast.

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Apple TV+ is home to the biggest directors and top stars

Mónica Marie Zorrilla for Variety:

He joins an ensemble cast that includes previously announced cast members Anthony Boyle (“The Plot Against America,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”) as well as Austin Butler (“The Carrie Diaries”), and Callum Turner (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”).

Based on the book of the same name by Donald L. Miller, “Masters of the Air” follows the true story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. Mann will star as Major “Rosie” Rosenthal.

“Masters of the Air” is written by “Band of Brothers” alum John Orloff as well as Graham Yost, with both co-executive producing. Spielberg will executive produce via Amblin Television. Hanks will executive produce under his Playtone banner along with Gary Goetzman. Amblin’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.

MacDailyNews Take: “Masters of the Air” will be an epic mini-series and an instant awards-contender!


    1. Suuuuure. There was no virtue signaling when imitation celluloid heroes like the mean drunk John Wayne (film before noon because the afternoon shoots became rather slurred) and Ronnie Raygun, a man so distantly associated with deep facts and data that by the time the actual alzheimer prez entered the White House, he literally funded the infamous “deep state” in order to make his gross misunderstandings a reality. Iran-Contra and active CIA warfare — are those your American values at work?

      Rest assured, nobody in Hollywood is going to make the American bombers out to be the bad guys. Never mind that they intentionally dropped bombs on civilians in both Germany and Japan, then in Korea, then in Vietnam, etc. Hitler started it, so it’s okay to be a war criminal too as long as you win the war and make many glorious movies free from any discussion of virtues.

      Or perhaps we could honestly discuss virtues and come together to solve conflicts in a civilized manner.

  1. I hope that there will be pleeenty of BIPOC LGBTQIA+ characters played by BIPOC LGBTQIA+ actors (for authenticity, of course) and that an “appropriate” number of production crew will be BIPOC LGBTQAI+

  2. How could a WWII drama be accurate without recognizing the contribution of BIPOC LGBTQIA+ soldiers? If anything, the entire focus of the series should be on BIPOC LGBTQIA+ issues… were they not a target of Hitler? You think that only straight white males fought on either side?

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