Director J.D. Dillard (Utopia, Sweetheart) just added three new enlistees to the roster of his upcoming Korean War drama Devotion.
Devotion is an upcoming film from Black Label Media based off of the national best-selling book by author Adam Makos entitled Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship and Sacrifice. The story revolves around two United States Navy fighter pilots who come from two very different worlds and must push through their differences even as they undergo training together in the famed VF-32 Squadron. The pivot of this bracing story comes when one of the two is shot down behind enemy lines.
Our flag-waving compatriots at The Hollywood Reporter announced yesterday the addition of three new actors to the already good-sized cast: newly minted actor Joe Jonas of Jonas Brothers fame, Spencer Neville (The Deleted, Ozark) and Daren Kagasoff (Ouija, Paradise Pictures). These three gents will be joining previously announced cast members Nick Hargrove (Counterpart), Thomas Sadowski (Wild), Jonathan Majors (Da 5 Bloods) and Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick).
The standout in yesterday’s casting news for Devotion is Joe Jonas who established his name as one part of the three brother rock and roll band the Jonas Brothers. Jonas joins the ever-growing list of musicians who have segued from music into acting over the years such as Flea, Diana Ross and Harry Connick, Jr. Good company that, wot? Although having dabbled in the world of acting previously with assorted music videos and even a Disney Channel flick entitled Camp Rock, Devotion officially marks the dramatic film debut of Joe.
The script for Devotion was penned by Jake Crane and Jonathan A. Stewart with a second pass done by the film’s director, J.D. Dillard. Sony is handling the distribution end of things domestically, with STX taking on the international sales for the flick. Black Label Media alum Molly smith, Rachel Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill are doing the producing honors for Devotion.
On a slightly personal note, it’s heartening to see a spotlight in film turned on the Korean War; along with World War I it is a historical period that is often overlooked by Hollywood.
Devotion is set to go into production this February in Savannah, Georgia. Vents will keep our ears to the ground in an effort to ferret out any and all news about this upcoming film.