Friday, July 29, 2011

Lucas Flys With "Red Tails"

Executive producer George Lucas has confirmed that the action adventure "Red Tails" will be released by 20th Century Fox, January 20, 2012.

Inspired by the WW II exploits of the first all African-American aerial combat unit,"Red Tails" is produced by Rick McCallum and Charles Floyd Johnson for director Anthony Hemingway ("Battlestar Galactica").

"I am humbled and honored to direct the story of the 'Tuskegee Airmen' -- heroes who have paved the way so others could have the opportunity to pursue their dreams," said Hemingway.

"Red Tails" stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Cliff Smith aka Method Man, Kevin Phillips, Rick Otto, Lee Tergesen, Andre Royo, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley, Marcus T. Paulk, Leslie Odom Jr., Michael B. Jordan and Daniela Ruah.

Scripted by John Ridley, the film was shot in Prague, Italy, Croatia and England.

"I've wanted to do this film for a great many years," said Lucas.

"'The Tuskegee Airmen' were such superb pilots that it was essential for us (ILM) to create visual effects that would live up to their heroism and put audiences in the cockpit with them."

'Red Tails' was the name of the first group of black airmen to serve as pilot escorts for American bombers, over Italy and Germany in 1945. Under President Franklin Roosevelt, the US soldiers were first sent to Tuskegee, Alabama to train.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Red Tails"...