An image of actors from The Long Road Home

Find out how the cast felt about doing such a sensitive series, The Long Road Home.

The Long Road Home tells the story of “Black Sunday,” when a small platoon of soldiers from the US 1st Cavalry Division was ferociously ambushed in Sadr City, Baghdad, in April 2004.

Watch it starting on Monday 6 November, at 21:00, on National Geographic. Also available on DStv Now. 

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- The Long Road Home premieres on NatGeo 

The cast 

Michael Kelly (House of Cards, Taboo) as then Lieutenant Colonel Gary Volesky (now General Volesky), the incoming battalion commander who was in his first hours of assuming authority over Sadr City as the battle broke out; Jason Ritter (Parenthood, Girls) as Captain Troy Denomy, who bravely led a rescue convoy into the city; E.J. Bonilla (Unforgettable) as stranded platoon leader first Lieutenant Shane Aguero; Kate Bosworth (Blue Crush, SS-GB, The Art of More) as Gina Denomy, a young wife and new mom battling her own fears while reaching out to the families of the fallen and wounded; Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break, The Walking Dead, Colony) as Family Readiness Group leader and Gary Volesky’s wife, LeAnn Volesky; Noel Fisher (Shameless) as a heroic 24-year-old warrior and later peace activist Private First Class Tomas Young; and Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory, Law & Order, Six Feet Under) as reluctant hero Staff Sergeant Robert Miltenberger.

Additional cast includes Jon Beavers (NCIS, Gotham, The Fresh Beat Band) as the hot-tempered and heroic young Sergeant Eric Bourquin; Darius Homayoun (Tyrant) as the platoon’s Iraqi interpreter, Jassim al-Lani; Jorge Diaz (Jane the Virgin, The 33) as Specialist Israel Garza; Ian Quinlan (Gotham) as Specialist Robert Arsiaga; Patrick Schwarzenegger (Stuck in Love) as Sergeant Ben Hayhurst; Kenny Leu (NCIS) as Sergeant Eddie Chen; and Joshua Brennan (Skinford) as Sergeant Jackson.

Here are some Q&A's that came from a press tour with cast members: