For the lad-laden ensemble cast of Apple’s upcoming World War II drama series Masters of the Air, filming began with basic training: They went to a mock boot camp led by Dale Dye, a military veteran and a veteran consultant for military-centric Hollywood projects, to engage in communal exercise, lectures about the mechanics of fighter jets and real-life missions that were flown, and period-accurate bomb-handling tutorials.

“It started with marching, and really making sure that we were all in sync,” says Raff Law, who plays Sergeant Ken Lemmons in the series. “Within three days I basically knew 60 people’s names and something about each of them. We all just spent so much time together.”

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Raff Law in Brioni, styled by Warren Alfie Baker.

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For 27-year-old Rafferty Law—the eldest son of Jude Law and Sadie Frost—the series has also been a crash course in “How to Become a Hollywood Actor 101.” Masters of the Air was produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks as a spiritual successor to Band of Brothers and The Pacific, squaring it up for the pathos-filled pantheon of blockbuster combat ensemble dramas. A high-octane project with a $200 million-plus budget, it’s centered on the Air Force squadron of the 100th Bomb Group (“the Bloody Hundredth”) as they lead bombing raids over Nazi Germany. Its cast is stacked with Hollywood’s next generation of leading men, including Austin Butler, Barry Keoghan, and Callum Turner.

In the days leading up to this week’s Los Angeles premiere, Law’s just been trying to keep a level head: hitting the gym, cooking at home with his girlfriend (lately they’ve been experimenting with making their own lentil tofu), and, he says, “reminding myself of the experience of shooting Masters and trying to put myself back into the shoes of two years ago. And just trying to keep calm and not really get overexcited.”

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