National Geographic has announced that Chris Evans (“Captain America,” “The Avengers”) will lend his voice to the groundbreaking new eight-part documentary series, Chain of Command.
Filmed over 18 months, the series features incredible access from inside the walls of the Pentagon to the front lines of the US military’s mission to fight extremism around the world. The global event series, from National Geographic Studios and showrunner Scott Boggins, of the critically acclaimed hit series “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth,” will premiere early February 2018 and will air globally in 171 countries and in 45 languages in early 2018.
“We couldn’t think of a more natural fit to narrate our series about America’s real military heroes than Chris Evans, one of America’s favourite big screen action heroes,” said Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production.
“Chain of Command is the quintessential National Geographic nonfiction series, which uses the power and the trust of the yellow border to gain incredible inside access to places most organisations not only cannot go – but will not go. We are thankful not only to the Pentagon for granting us that access, but also to the soldiers and their families from the top down who trusted us to bring their stories to our audiences.”
“I’m proud to be a part of any project that shines a spotlight on the incredible work our armed forces do every day around the world,” said Evans, who has served as a spokesperson for Got Your Six. “I think this series is an important opportunity for all of us to understand and appreciate the people who put their lives on the front line every day to keep us all safe.”
Chain of Command delivers extraordinary insight into a line of authority and responsibility as never seen before, including a rare on-camera sit down with General Joseph Dunford Jr, the 19thchairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
From the halls of power at the Pentagon in Washington DC to the front lines in Iraq, Afghanistan; Somalia; Niger; and South America, and to the surprising ISIS recruiting ground of Trinidad and Tobago, viewers will see firsthand how decisions made at the Pentagon have a direct impact on service members on the ground, fighting to protect Americans and their allies from radical extremists.
National Geographic recently premiered the critically acclaimed scripted series The Long Road Home, based on the New York Times best-selling book by internationally acclaimed journalist Martha Raddatz that tells the true story of “Black Sunday,” when a small platoon of Army soldiers was ambushed in Sadr City, Baghdad, in April 2004.
The series has been praised by critics, veterans and the US Army for its accurate and moving depiction of the armed forces and their families. Chain of Command continues National Geographic’s commitment to sharing these important stories across its vast global footprint.
Chris Evans, a native Bostonian, began acting at the age of 11, and later attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York. He soon turned his attention from the stage to the screen and has appeared in a number of memorable films including “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” “Snowpiercer,” and “Gifted.” Since 2011 he has been best known to audiences as the titular star of the Captain America franchise, a role he has reprised eight times in other Marvel films, including “The Avengers.”
Chain of Command is produced by National Geographic Studios for National Geographic Channels. Jeff Hasler, Brian Lovett and Scott Boggins are executive producers. For National Geographic Studios, Jeff Hasler is executive vice president of production and development, and Brian Lovett is vice president of production and development. For National Geographic, Tim Pastore is president of original programming and production.