The oft-delayed George Lucas and LucasFilm production Red Tails will finally extend its gears and land in theaters on January 20, 2012, as revealed in the first trailer for the film released today.
Red Tails stars Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard and Bryan Cranston in the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black pilots to fly against enemy forces during World War II. Think of it was the WWII version of Glory starring Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington that replaces gruesome ground battles with aerial heroics.
George Lucas has been working on getting Red Tails to take flight for many years. He developed the story, turned it over to John Ridley who turned it into a screenplay, and ultimately it ended up in the hands of Anthony Hemingway who directed the film. Lucas serves as one of the executive producers while LucasFilm’s Rick McCallum, whose name should ring a bell when thinking back to the Star Wars prequels, is also a producer.
The Red Tails trailer is full of complex CGI-animated dogfight scenes that you would expect from a story developed by the man behind Star Wars. If a plane diving down to attack a ship or a bomber gunner getting blown out of his chair looks familiar, it should. Remember that dogfight footage from WWII inspired the X-Wing assault on the Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope, amongst many other inspirations from the second World War that helped shape the Star Wars universe.