George Lucas’ latest project is one that may surprise his fans. It departs from his most famous film franchises, Star Wars and Indiana Jones, and addresses a significant part of American history that is often left out of the movies.
Red Tails tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first corp of African-American fighter pilots in the United States military during World War II. “Red Tails” were their nicknames, signifying the red tail ends of their fighter jets. The Tuskegee Airmen served their country proudly, despite the prevalent racism at the time.
This movie will be the first since 1994 under the Lucasfilm Ltd. title that does not have the name Star Wars or Indiana Jones. It also features an all-star cast including such big names as Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Ne-Yo, Method Man, and Jazmine Sullivan. The film is set to premier on January 20, 2012, during Black History Month.