Lucasfilm’s “Red Tails” Takes Flight January 2012

Twentieth Century Fox will release the epic action story inspired by the Heroic Tuskegee Airmen.

An action flick inspired by the heroic exploits of the first all African-American aerial combat unit based in Tuskegee, Alabama, Lucasfilm Ltd. production of Red Tails will release in theaters  January 20, 2012.

Produced by Rick McCallum, Charles Floyd Johnson and George Lucas, the WWII actioner is directed by Anthony Hemingway (“The Wire,” “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. “To be selected by George Lucas and Rick 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.”

Red Tails stars Oscar® winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (“Jerry Maguire”), Oscar nominee Terrence Howard (“Crash”), Nate Parker (“The Great Debaters”), David Oyelowo (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) and Grammy® Award winners Cliff Smith aka Method Man (“The Wire”) and Ne-Yo (Stomp the Yard).

“I’ve wanted to do this film for a great many years,” said George Lucas, executive producer of Red Tails. “The Tuskegee Airmen were such superb pilots that it was essential for us to create visual effects that would live up to their heroism and put audiences in the cockpit with them. They were only in their early 20s when they performed these amazing feats,” Lucas added. “They became the best of the best—the top guns. It is an honor to bring to the screen a story inspired by their heroics.”

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