‘Only the Brave’, a film based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller and Jeff Bridges. See it in theaters on Oct. 20, 2017.

The first trailer for “Only the Brave,” a film based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and the fatal Yarnell Hill Fire was released on July 19

Hollywood’s take on the tragic events of June 30, 2013, when 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters were overtaken by a wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona, stars Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly and Taylor Kitsch.

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Here is a look at the film’s stars and the real-life heroes they’re portraying.

Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin)

Eric Marsh, 43, was the leader of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and, on the day of the tragedy, had become a supervisor over firefighting operations for the Yarnell Hill blaze. Marsh had led the hotshots since the team first became a nationwide firefighting crew in 2008. Around the firehouse, Marsh was “Papa,” the old man who worried about his boys.

Amanda Marsh (Jennifer Connelly)

Amanda Marsh was the wife of Eric Marsh. The two met a church hall while attending a 12-step meeting for alcoholics in 2007 and married two years later. They bonded over their love of horses.

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Duane Steinbrink (Jeff Bridges)

Duane Steinbrink was the wildland division chief for the city of Prescott and the man partly responsible for creating the hotshot crew, a rarity in municipalities. He retired in 2012, one year before the fire.

Brendan Mcdonough (Miles Teller)

Brendan McDonough was the lone survivor of the Granite Mountain crew. McDonough was assigned to be the lookout for the crew. He spotted the wind shift and radioed about it with his fellow crew members, telling them he was also moving locations. He narrowly escaped the flames himself, getting picked up by another hotshot crew that happened to pass by.

Chris MacKenzie (Taylor Kitsch)

Chris MacKenzie, 30, was a hotshot member who roomed with McDonough. On the afternoon of the fire, he took pictures and video that investigators used to help determine what happened.

The human pyramid


Christopher MacKenzie’s camera captured the Granite Mountain Hotshots as they built a human pyramid in front of a large juniper tree. Days later, the hotshot crew would be called to Yarnell.

“Only the Brave” was filmed in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is slated for an Oct. 20 release.


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