Joey Luthman, whose breakout performance as the baby-faced U.S. soldier and heart of the highly anticipated new eight-hour event series “The Long Road Home,” premieres on Tuesday, November 7th at 9:00PM ET/PT on Nat Geo. Luthman stars as ‘SPC Jonathan Riddell,’ opposite Michael Kelly (“House of Cards“), Jason Ritter (“Parenthood“), Jeremy Sisto (“Six Feet Under“) and Noel Fisher (“Shameless“) in the spine-tingling true life saga detailing the despair, sorrow and loss that comes with war.
Filmed at Fort Hood at one of the largest sets ever created on film, Luthman went through weeks of military boot camp training by real U.S. soldiers to prepare for his remarkable role as the real life SPC Jonathan Riddell.
Please see the heart-stopping trailer here: The Long Road Home Trailer
“The Long Road Home” is based on ABC News journalist Martha Raddatz’s New York Times best-selling book, and re-examines a dismal day during the Iraq War when the First Cavalry Division of Fort Hood, Texas, was ambushed on April 4, 2004, in Sadr City, Baghdad, on what would become known as “Black Sunday.”
The scripted series offers viewers an intimate window into the experience of war as seen through the eyes and the hearts of the soldiers themselves and their families back home.
The adrenaline-fueled and emotional journey follows the action of that day on two simultaneous fronts – the chaotic, terror-filled streets of Sadr City, where a group of inexperienced young soldiers faces an unexpected and unimaginable attack with bravery they never knew they had, and the home front at Fort Hood, where family members, desperate for news of their loved ones and fearing the worst, discover their own courage and determination as well.
Voted as one of Hollywood’s Top 25 young actors to watch according to IMDB, Luthman has already had a storied career at the young age of 20, with guest starring roles on TV’s biggest dramas include “Hawaii Five-O,” “Chicago Med,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds,” “Ghost Whisperer” and “October Road.”
Alongside his busy acting schedule, Joey is dedicated to serving others less fortunate as a Starpower Ambassador for Starlight Children’s Foundation, and an active supporter of The Ronald McDonald House and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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