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George Lucas' "Red Tails" Announces Cast and Plot

Posted: April 6th, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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The Lucasfilm Ltd production of "Red Tails" a fictional story inspired by the historic and heroic exploits of America's first all black aerial combat unit has completed casting and will soon begin principal photography in Europe.

The new movie is directed by Anthony Hemingway ("The Wire," "Battlestar Galactica") and written by John Ridley (Three Kings) from a story by executive producer George Lucas.

It will star Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire), Terrence Howard (Crash), Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Nate Parker (The Secret Life of Bees), David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland), Tristan Wilds ("The Wire"), Method Man ("The Wire"), Ne-Yo (Stomp the Yard), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Marcus T. Paulk (Take the Lead), Leslie Odom Jr. ("Grey's Anatomy"), Michael B. Jordan ("The Wire"), Jazmine Sullivan, Edwina Finley ("Law and Order"), Daniela Ruah (Midnight Passion) and Stacie Davis ("The Wire").

Plot: 1944. World War II rages and the fate of the free world hangs in the balance. Meanwhile the black pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program are courageously waging two wars at once one against enemies overseas, and the other against discrimination within the military and back home. Racial prejudices have long held ace airman Martin "Easy" Julian and his black pilots back at base - leaving them with little to do but further hone their flying skills - while their white counterparts are shipped out to combat after a mere three months of training. Mistakenly deemed inferior and assigned only second-rate planes and missions, the pilots of Tuskegee have mastered the skies with ease but have not been granted the opportunity to truly spread their wings. Until now.

As the war in Europe continues to take its dire toll on Allied forces, Pentagon brass has no recourse but to reconsider these under-utilized pilots for combat duty. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, Col. A.J. Bullardawards them the ultimate chance to prove their mettle high above. Undaunted by the prospect of providing safe escort to bombers in broad daylight - a mission so dangerous that the RAF has refused it and the white fighter groups have sustained substantial losses - Easy's pilots at last join the fiery aerial fray. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies in a heroic endeavor to combat the enemy and the discrimination that has kept them down for so long.

"I've been wanting to do 'Red Tails' for 20 years, and we've finally got the means to showcase the skill of the Tuskegee pilots," said Lucas. "We're working on techniques which will give us the first true look at the aerial dogfighting of the era. And our top-notch cast will really make this story special."

Source: Lucasfilm


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autiger10 writes:
on April 6th, 2009 at 6:52:52 PM

sounds like an airplane/all black version of "the dirty dozen"
Stringer Bell writes:
on April 6th, 2009 at 6:57:42 PM

Hey, the more people from The Wire that get work the happier I am. Sounds great.
thedudeman69 writes:
on April 6th, 2009 at 7:11:08 PM

wow. Lucas is actually doing a project that ISN'T star wars
hunter207 writes:
on April 6th, 2009 at 8:25:27 PM

I heard of these guys... they were the only fighter squadron to not lose a single bomber in the raids to enemy fighters
Pembrokehawk writes:
on April 6th, 2009 at 8:41:39 PM

What about Billy Dee Williams???
Donald Kaufman writes:
on April 7th, 2009 at 12:11:05 AM

"We're working on techniques which will give us the first true look at the aerial dogfighting of the era. And our top-notch cast will really make this story special." I love how more and more, the actors are becoming an afterthought in Lucas' films. Eventually he won't need them at all.
Space_Ghost11 writes:
on April 7th, 2009 at 12:26:10 AM

I like it, good cast & good story + Lucas = total win/win/win
Post_Man_87 writes:
on April 7th, 2009 at 6:14:02 AM

^ Good cast? Yup. Good story? Probably. Lucas?!? Huh!?! The guy has the money to put together a good movie, but he still has no idea how to make an intelligent AND entertaining film himself. So I'd replace your statement of Lucas with Anthony Hemingway. Like Stinger said - the more ppl from The Wire the better. Couldn't agree more.
rzmsauce writes:
on April 7th, 2009 at 10:45:19 AM

Its funny and sad, that in the town where these guys were trained they also housed a pow camp for german prisoners, that they would march to town every sunday to watch a movie at the cinemas, the same cinema that would not allow are colored airmen inside of becuase they were black. these guys were being trained to kill the enemy and the enemy had more rights then them????

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