“Red Tails,” the George Lucas-produced docu-drama about the famed Tuskegee Airmen of Word War II, finally has a release date and a trailer. Your friendly neighborhood Fanboys Examiner has the trailer for you right here, which, as always, you can watch by clicking the lower box on the left.
Anthony Hemingway makes his feature directorial debut on “Red Tails,” after having cut his teeth as an assistant director and second unit director on numerous TV productions and the feature “Freedomland.” He’s also directed a lot of TV episodes for “CSI: NY,” “ER” and “True Blood,” among others. However, Lucas took over reshoots on “Red Tails,” though Hemingway is said to have approval on that footage.
The cast includes Terrance Howard, Bryan Cranston, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Daniela Ruah, Josh Dallas, Gerald McRaney and Michael B. Jordan.
The plot synopsis, reprinted here from Collider, says:
1944. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options – including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country – and the fate of the free world.
The trailer looks like the movie might be a little speech-heavy, but the aerial footage, which is largely CGI in an age where operational World War II aircraft are scarce, is impressive.
The movie is now set to open January 20, 2012.