Upcoming Movie Spotlight: Red Tails

In today’s spotlight comes a look at George Lucas’s upcoming film: Red Tails

Short of anything Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and THX1138, attributed writing credits for George Lucas remain very few and far between. (Talk about riding a money train for all it’s worth!) 😉

Fortunately, Red Tails takes off in a different direction as it looks to tell the story of the famous World War II Tuskegee Airmen. Courtesy Wikipedia, here is the plot synopsis:

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 (Nate Parker) 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. Bullard (Terrence Howard) awards 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.

This new film not only boasts an exciting historical account of the Tuskegee Airmen and the talent of George Lucas, but also the talent of a very high-caliber cast and crew. Take a look at who else is involved in this movie:

  • Director Anthony Hemingway (The Wire, Changing Lanes)
  • Writer John Ridley (Three Kings)
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. as Major Emanuelle Stance
  • Terrence Howard as Col. A.J. Bullard
  • Bryan Cranston as Maj. William Mortamus
  • Nate Parker as Martin “Easy” Julian
  • David Oyelowo as Joe “Lightning” Little
  • Tristan Wilds as Ray “Ray Gun” Gannon
  • Ryan Early as Captain Bryce
  • Method Man as Sticks
  • Kevin Phillips as Leon “Neon” Edwards
  • Robert Kazinsky as Chester Barnes
  • Rick Otto as Flynt
  • Lee Tergesen as Maj. Col. Jack Tomilson
  • Andre Royo as Chief “Coffee” Coleman
  • Ne-Yo as Andrew “Smoky” Salem
  • …and MORE!
  • (Samuel L. Jackson was approached with the project. While he praises the script he chose to decline both the offer to act and direct this film.)

George Lucas actually began working on this project back in 1988, but went through a few writer and director choices for such a story “too good to be true.” In preparing for the film, Lucasfilm invited the surviving Tuskegee Airmen to the Skywalker Ranch to conduct interviews about their experiences and look through some of the original mission logbooks! A lot of the filming took place in the Czech Republic where the actors participated in a boot camp of sorts and lived in similar living conditions as the airmen of fame.

Director Anthony Hemingway had this to say about being involved with the project:

“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 […] To be selected by George Lucas and Rick [McCallum, producer] to direct this film was more than my wildest dreams come true. It’s been a blessing to work with them, along with the amazingly talented artists at Industrial Light & Magic. I’ve grown a lot on many levels from this experience. As director, I had the fortune to work with a highly skilled crew from the Czech Republic, U.K. and the U.S., along with a remarkably talented group of actors. The resonant beauty, strength and dedication of our heroes is reflected in the powerful ensemble cast.”

Red Tails is set to take flight in theaters in 2012! What are your thoughts on this upcoming film? Share your thoughts, leave a comment.

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!


Sources: IMDB, GeekTyrant, Wikipedia, CraveOnline

up next: Reviews for Horrible Bosses, Cowboys&Aliens, and more. Stay tuned.



  1. Hi, ScarletSp1der and company:

    Outstanding looking trailer about a great, for a many years unknown story!

    Excellent CGI work, especially in the bomber/fighter formations. The writing sounds right for the time. Most noticeably in the Upper Echelon Staff meetings. As does the overall look and feel of the film.

    As someone who grew up with WWII films, ‘Red Tails’ has all the makings of a great film. Which should put Cuba Gooding Jr. back on the map. Leading an excellent cast that include many of my favorite actors (Bryan Cranston, Terence Howard, Lee Tergesen and Andre Royo) doing what they do best!


    • I am hopeful for Cuba Gooding Jr also. I love WWII movies and look forward to watching this one myself. Thanks for commenting! Wonder if Laurence Fishborne will have a cameo since he was in Tuskegee!


  2. It seemed that everyone is talking about this movie 😉

    The trailer is promising, I don’t know much about the people behind the movies, so no comment there. I just love seeing battle in the sky.


  3. Looks good, T, thanks for covering this. I might check it out on Blu-ray. Perhaps this is finally a role for Cuba that’s worth watching after Jerry Maguire?


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