The incredible true tale of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II is finally flying onto the big screen this month with Red Tails from producer George Lucas, and we have a first look behind the scenes!
"Just like Star Wars, it's a big action picture, lots of dog fights, lots of excitement, but it's basically about a bunch of kids that went through an amazing journey and ultimately came out heroes," says Lucas, who has been working to get the project off the ground for two decades. "They're the knights of the contemporary age and I'm hoping that this film is an inspiration to young people today."
In theaters January 20, Red Tails tells the story of the first-ever black fighter pilots in the U.S. armed forces. Having been grounded for much of the war and facing racism and segregation, the untested pilots finally get a chance to prove themselves in the skies to fight for their country and allies.
Directed by Anthony Hemingway (The Wire), Red Tails stars Cuba Gooding, Jr.; Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Cliff Smith, Kevin Phillips, Rick Otto, Lee Tergesen, Andre Royo, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelly, Marcus T. Paulk, Michael B. Jordan and Daniela Ruah.