The harrowing reality of war for soldiers has been dramatized in riveting war films based on actual historical events. From gunfights on the battlefields and in the trenches to sky-high aerial combat or oceanic warship battles to international espionage, war films base their life-threatening action on a variety of elements.
Throughout the history of warfare, heroic figures emerge from these life-or-death situations. These tales are also limitless, particularly in regard to individuals who may have remained unrecognized or unknown to the general public.
Thankfully, many filmmakers have assumed the responsibility of introducing audiences to obscure historical events or war heroes. Whether it’s Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk or Dominic Cooke’s The Courier, it’s a great opportunity for moviegoers to learn about events or people who may not have been included in the standard school curriculums.
The upcoming historical war film Devotion, which will be released this year by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Black Label Media, joins this collection of films.
Here is everything we know so far about Devotion before we take to the skies for this aviation war film.
When is the Release Date For Devotion?
The exclusive theatrical release of the war film was originally scheduled to begin on October 14, 2022, in a limited capacity, before expanding on October 28, 2022. However, due to a change in schedule, Devotion will now arrive in theaters on November 23, during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Exists a Teaser for Devotion?
Sony Pictures Entertainment released the first teaser trailer on May 26, 2022. It depicts the tension and high stakes involved for U.S. Navy pilot Jesse Brown during the Korean War (Jonathan Majors).
Brown develops a friendship with another pilot, Tom Hudner (Glen Powell), as they work with the rest of the aviation team to defend their countrymen amid all the soaring action and gunfire. This was followed by the release of a full-length trailer in August of 2022, which you can view below.
What is Devotion About?
Based on Adam Makos’s book Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice, the film will tell the story of Ensign Jesse Brown, the Navy’s first African-American carrier pilot, and Lieutenant Thomas “Tom” Hudner, his wingman.
During the Korean War, the two were renowned pilots for the U.S. Navy. When joining Strike Fighter Squadron 32, the pilots from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds commit to their service and deployment leading up to the Korean War.
In a time of segregation and conflict, Brown and Hudner’s friendship transcends all obstacles, especially when one of their planes is shot down over enemy territory. Here is the film’s official website synopsis.
When and Where Was Devotion Filmed?
The film’s principal photography began in February 2021 and continued until April 2021. In addition to Savannah, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina, and Wenatchee, Washington was also used for filming.
Who Are the Cast and Crew Members of Devotion?
As previously stated, Ensign Jesse Brown will be portrayed by Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country) and Lieutenant Tom Hunner will be portrayed by Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick). Since his starring role in the television series Lovecraft Country and his surprise appearance in Loki, Majors has maintained a steady flow of projects.
His filmography is already impressive, having starred in the war drama Da 5 types of blood by Spike Lee and the Western The Harder They Fall by Jaymes Samuels. His upcoming major projects include Creed III alongside Michael B. Jordan and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, a 2023 Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
Powell has a variety of supporting and minor roles on television, including Scream Queens by Ryan Murphy. He has also appeared in films like Hidden Figures and Everybody Wants Some!! He even starred opposite Zoey Deutch in the 2018 Netflix romantic comedy Set It Up.
Coincidentally, his last major role was in Top Gun: Maverick, another aviation-related film. Powell is also credited as an executive producer for Devotion due to his personal interest in the book after reading it in 2016 and desiring to adapt it for the big screen since 2018.
Other notable cast members include Christina Jackson (The Night House), who will play Jesse’s wife, Daisy Brown. Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom) will portray squadron division leader Richard “Dick” Cevoli, while singer Joe Jonas will play another pilot on the team named Marty Goode.
Daren Kagasoff (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Spencer Neville (The Obituary of Tunde Johnson), and Nick Hargrove (Charmed) will portray Bill Koenig, Bo Lavery, and Carol Mohring, respectively. Serinda Swan (Coroner) is also involved as the actress Elizabeth Taylor, with whom these pilots cross paths.
The film’s crew will be led by relatively new Hollywood talent, including director J.D. Dillard, whose previous films include Sleight and Sweetheart. Jake Crane and Jonathan A. Stewart have penned the screenplay. Oscar-winner Erik Messerschmidt was responsible for the film’s cinematography (Mank).
Do You Have to Read the Book Before Watching Devotion?
Ultimately, it is up to the audience to decide whether to read the book before or after viewing the film, should they choose to do so. Since it is a film adaptation that will cover the same material in a different medium, it is unnecessary.
However, the book is always available for audience members who wish to delve deeper into the history of Brown and Hudner. Amazon offers the book in hardcover and as a Kindle e-book in the event that the audience wishes to read the source material before viewing the film adaptation.