UPDATED with exclusive first look at poster: Sony has unveiled the first real look at Only The Brave, the newly titled Columbia Pictures drama about the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, the elite forest fire crew that saw 19 of its members killed while fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire that blazed near Prescott, AZ in June 2013.
In honor of this country’s inaugural National Heroes Day, Sony today released a first look at the one-sheet for the movie, which tells the story of the 20-man team, known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots, fought the deadliest wildfire in Arizona’s history and died as brothers trapped on a mountainside in a circle of fire. Only one survived. The film, which stars Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Jennifer Connelly, bows October 20.
National Heroes Day was established to honor everyday Americans whose actions are extraordinary, selfless and courageous. One of those heroes honored today is Captain Mike DeBartoli, a Sacramento firefighter for 28 years who was stricken with ALS and, while sick, repeatedly fought in Sacramento l to help pass California’s “Right to Try” law so people with terminal illnesses have the right to try medicines even if they have not gone through all stages of the FDA process. DeBartoli is unable to walk, has no disability van for transportation, and no longer can access his own bathroom because of the physical disability challenges in his home.
Joseph Kosinski directed Only The Brave. The trailer reveals breathtaking imagery — ferocious and captivating, as capsulized by Brolin’s character describing seeing a bear on fire running at him during a fire he once fought: “It was the most beautiful, and terrible thing I’ve ever seen.” The pic weaves its tale of the team’s determination, sacrifice and drive to protect families and communities as they forge a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire.
Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer penned the screenplay based on Sean Flynn’s GQ article “No Exit.” It is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Michael Menchel, Erik Howsam, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill, Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler. Ellen H. Schwartz is executive producer. Sony releases the film October 20.
Check out the trailer above.