“Devotion,” based on the book by Adam Makos, flew into theaters over Thanksgiving break. The film about flight, friendship and family landed at an ideal time in the holiday season, and it features a number of talented actors who bring the true story to life onscreen. Before he appeared in the role of Hangman in “Top Gun: Maverick,” Glen Powell knew he wanted to bring the story of Jesse Brown and Tom Hudner to life — Powell finished Makos’ book in 2016, after which he began to develop the project. Joined by director JD Dillard and actor Jonathan Majors who portrays the precedent-setting Jesse Brown, the crew launches into a harrowing and heartwarming story.
“Devotion” chronicles the journey of two wingmen in the U.S. Navy’s Fighter Squadron 32. The pair came from completely opposite backgrounds, yet they joined forces to become the most well-known naval aviators to date, risking their lives in the begging of the Korean War. Makos wrote that The Korean War was basically an extension of World War II, and therefore, The Greatest Generation actually fought two wars. Tom and Jesse also had to readjust their flight patterns from lightweight F8F Bearcat propellor planes to heavier clunky Corsairs with “hog noses” that made landing way more challenging.
Here’s a complete cast and character guide to “Devotion.”