August 23rd, 2011, by Rob

Red Tails - Movie2k Movie PosterMovie2k Movies – Red Tails Synopsis

Red Tails is an upcoming 2012 action drama film directed by Anthony Hemingway, from a script by John Ridley and Aaron McGruder and story by Ridley. The executive producer is George Lucas.

It is based on the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American combat pilots during World War II, and is the first Lucasfilm Ltd. production since Radioland Murders (1994) not to be associated with the Indiana Jones or Star Wars franchises.



Movie2k Movies – Red Tails Plot

World War II rages and the fate of the free world hangs in the balance. Meanwhile the black pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program are courageously waging two wars at once — one against enemies overseas, and the other against discrimination within the military and back home. Racial prejudices have long held ace airman Martin “Easy” Julian (Nate Parker) and his black pilots back at base — leaving them with little to do but further hone their flying skills — while their white counterparts are shipped out to combat after a mere three months of training. Mistakenly deemed inferior and assigned only second-rate planes and missions, the pilots of Tuskegee have mastered the skies with ease but have not been granted the opportunity to truly spread their wings.

Until now.

As the war in Europe continues to take its dire toll on Allied forces, Pentagon brass has no recourse but to reconsider these under-utilized pilots for combat duty. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, Col. A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard) awards them the ultimate chance to prove their mettle high above. Undaunted by the prospect of providing safe escort to bombers in broad daylight — a mission so dangerous that the RAF has refused it and the white fighter groups have sustained substantial losses — Easy’s pilots at last join the fiery aerial fray. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies in a heroic endeavor to combat the enemy — and the discrimination that has kept them down for so long.”


Movie2k Movies – Red Tails Cast

The following have been confirmed by Lucasfilm

  • Cuba Gooding Jr. as Major Emanuelle Stance
  • Terrence Howard as Col. A.J. Bullard
  • Bryan Cranston as Maj. William Mortamus
  • Nate Parker as Martin “Easy” Julian
  • David Oyelowo as Joe “Lightning” Little
  • Tristan Wilds as Ray “Ray Gun” Gannon
  • Ryan Early as Captain Bryce
  • Method Man as Sticks
  • Kevin Phillips as Leon “Neon” Edwards
  • Robert Kazinsky as Chester Barnes
  • Rick Otto as Flynt
  • Lee Tergesen as Maj. Col. Jack Tomilson
  • Andre Royo as Chief “Coffee” Coleman
  • Ne-Yo as Andrew “Smoky” Salem
  • Elijah Kelley as Samuel “Suicide” George
  • Marcus T. Paulk as David “Deke” Watkins
  • Leslie Odom Jr. as Walter “Winky” Hall
  • Michael B. Jordan as Maurice “Bumps” Wilson
  • Jazmine Sullivan as Deborah “Love Bunny” Gannett
  • Edwina Finley as CeCe
  • Daniela Ruah as Sophie
  • Stacie Davis as Mae
  • Aml Ameen as Bag O’Bones
  • Gerald McRaney as General Luntz
  • Jesse Williams


Movie2k Movies – Red Tails Production Notes

George Lucas began developing Red Tails around 1988. He compared it to Tucker: The Man and His Dream as “a story too good to be true”. Thomas Carter was his original choice to direct. A number of writers worked on the project until John Ridley was hired in 2007 to write the final screenplay. Lucas held discussions with Samuel L. Jackson regarding Jackson possibly directing and acting in the film. Although Jackson praised the script, he did not commit to either role. Anthony Hemingway was finally chosen to direct in 2008. In researching the film, Lucasfilm invited some of the surviving Tuskegee Airmen to Skywalker Ranch, where they were interviewed about their experiences during World War II. Lucasfilm was also given access to the original mission logbooks used by some of the pilots.

Production began in March 2009. High-definition Sony F35 cameras were used for principal photography, which took place in the Czech Republic, Italy, Croatia and England. While shooting in the Czech Republic, the actors underwent a “boot camp” program, during which they lived in similar conditions as the actual Tuskegee Airmen. Editing began while the production was in Prague. Avid editing systems were used simultaneously in a Prague studio and at Lucasfilm. A vehicle was fitted with a “technical center” so that the production could quickly move between locations. In March 2010, Lucas took over direction of reshoots, as Hemingway was busy working on episodes of the HBO series Treme. Hemingway will have final approval over the footage.

A new trailer was released for Red Tails on July 29th, accompanying the already released official synopsis.

Trailer number 2 was released for Red Tails on August 17th.



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