Devotion explores a true story from America’s forgotten war

2022 is the year of Top Gun: Maverick. Unless Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Where Avatar: The Way of the Water Matching the box office of their predecessors, the Tom Cruise-directed sequel will reign as the highest-grossing film of the year. Why then would Sony choose to launch a film on the same theme before the end of 2022? Because at first glance, Dedication may seem like a lesser version of Top Gun: Maverick. But a closer look at the new trailer reveals that Dedication has something that maverick missing: a true story as the basis of the film.

Lovecraft Country‘s Jonathan Majors is headlining Dedication as Jesse Brown, the first African-American airman to graduate from the Navy’s basic flight training program. His story was told in Adam Makos’ book, Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship and Sacrifice. During the Korean War, Brown faced racism within the Navy and in his own country. But he also found kinship with Tom Hudner (Glen Powell, who stole the show in Top Gun: Mavericklisten)), a fellow pilot who became Brown’s friend and wingman during “America’s Forgotten War”.

Here’s the official movie description courtesy of Sony Pictures:

Dedication, an aerial warfare epic based on the best-selling book of the same name, tells the harrowing true story of two elite U.S. Navy fighter pilots during the Korean War. Their heroic sacrifices would ultimately make them the most famous wingmen in the Navy.

Jonathan Majors in Devotion.

Christina Jackson co-stars in the film as Jesse’s wife, Daisy Brown, with Joe Jonas as Marty Goode, Thomas Sadoski as Dick Cevoli and Serinda Swan as Elizabeth Taylor. Rossy de Palma, Daren Kagasoff, Nick Hargrove and Spencer Neville also have roles in the film.

Dedication was directed by JD Dillard from a script by Jake Crane and Jonathan A. Stewart. It will be released in theaters on November 23.

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