George Lucas is finally realizing his decades-long dream of producing a film about the Tuskegee Airmen, and the wildly unique cast includes Cuba Gooding Jr. and Method Man. The Anthony Hemingway-directed flick "Red Tails" has popped up from time to time for Lucas in interviews, but an announcement today indicates that he has his actors and they're ready to suit up and start production.
“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,” Lucas said in the press release. “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.”
The movie's cast includes "Iron Man" actor Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” and Grammy award winner Ne-Yo, as well as a cluster veteran actors from "The Wire," listing Tristan Wilds, Rick Otto, Michael B. Jordan and Stacie Davis.
According to the release, "Red Tails" is set in 1944 during the heat of WWII when the famed pilots stepped up to their fated entry into the war. Relegated to second-class citizens due to the U.S. government's racist policies at the time, their success under the most dangerous of circumstances earned the group legendary recognition. Hundreds of black airmen would follow them from the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama overseas before the war ended.
Lucas boasts big payoffs for the film's effects. Just what technology Lucas Films has concocted to simulate the planes' behavior should be interesting for history buffs to check out.
What do you think of the casting choices made for "Red Tails"? Do you think all of the years' Lucas has poured into the project will pay off? Share your reactions in the comment section below!