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Howard & Gooding Join Lucas' Red Tails
Long-awaited WWII film moving forward

07 April 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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George Lucas' Red Tails has been percolating through the Star Wars creator's head for 20 years now, and it's finally beginning to look like it might happen. Cuba Gooding Jr, Terrence Howard and Bryan Cranston has just signed on to join the cast of the Tuskegee Airmen drama, swelling its numbers to (surely) near-capacity.

The film tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American fighter pilots in the US military during World War II. Set up by Congressional mandate, the unit faced horrendous racism and discrimination at home before they even got the chance to fight the enemy abroad, but emerged from the War with a sterling combat record. Lucas has been circling the story for decades, but was anxious to get the technology to depict the dog fights properly*.

 Today's trio join The Great Debaters' Nate Parker, Spooks' David Oyelowo, The Wire's Tristan Wilds, rapper (and The Wire star) Method Man, Generation Kill's Lee Tergesen, singer Ne-Yo, Hairspray's Elijah Kelley, The Wire's Andre Royo (Bubbles!) and The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2's Jesse Williams.

 Anthony Hemingway, also an alumnus of The Wire, is set to direct, from a script by John Ridley. Filming starts "soon" here in Europe, somewhere.

*We say just do what Howard Hughes did and send some planes up to dogfight with cameras on. Sure, you might lose a few, but it'd look reasonably realistic.


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L: Timon L: DazDaMan L: britesparc I don't see what's wrong with digital dogfights. The best bit of the otherwise execrable Pearl Harbour was the actual assault, and (if memory serves) that was largely CGI planes & ships. A lot. l Harborn be excused a little because it's a Michael Bay film - you expect it to be OTT and spectacular.  I know it gets shit knocked out of it for historical accuracy, storyline etc, but Bay does make up for these shortcomings with some pre More

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RE: RE:
L: DazDaMan L: britesparc I don't see what's wrong with digital dogfights. The best bit of the otherwise execrable Pearl Harbour was the actual assault, and (if memory serves) that was largely CGI planes & ships. A lot. l Harborn be excused a little because it's a Michael Bay film - you expect it to be OTT and spectacular.  I know it gets shit knocked out of it for historical accuracy, storyline etc, but Bay does make up for these shortcomings with some pretty spectacula More

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L: britesparc I don't see what's wrong with digital dogfights. The best bit of the otherwise execrable Pearl Harbour was the actual assault, and (if memory serves) that was largely CGI planes & ships. sp; A lot.   l Harborn be excused a little because it's a Michael Bay film - you expect it to be OTT and spectacular.  I know it gets shit knocked out of it for historical accuracy, storyline etc, but Bay does make up for these shortcomings with some pretty spectacular shi More

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Could be....
Pearl Harbour vs Men of Honor. Or it could be a potentially great WWII film let down by over use of CG and a poor script. Let's hope it turns out to be good. Anything that Lucas makes which isn't to do with Star Wars does sound a really interesting prospect More

Posted by aka_sammym at 17:03 on 07 April 2009 | Report This Post

bryan cranston eh?? good choice, he is a damn good actor (just watch him in braking bad) More

Posted by bender_rodriguez at 14:52 on 07 April 2009 | Report This Post

Well Cuba should be good...
... hasn't he already been in this once??!! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114745/ I was sure they'd already made a film of this in the past and IMDB confirmed my age-addled brain was correct! No idea who closely the plotlines will mirror one another but if you look at the cast list.. below The Mighty Fishburne you'll spot one - Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Billy Roberts Can't remember whether that version was any good or not as it was one my folks had on VHS back in the day but might try and get h More

Posted by kingmuppet at 13:06 on 07 April 2009 | Report This Post

I don't see what's wrong with digital dogfights. The best bit of the otherwise execrable Pearl Harbour was the actual assault, and (if memory serves) that was largely CGI planes & ships. As for the film itself, I'm a little disappointed Lucas isn't directing; true, the SW prequels were a bit wooden, but early stuff (eg THX) is excellent; he was considered the arty auteur of the movie brats back in the early 70s. I wish he would do some kind of human drama again, just to stretch his creati More

Posted by britesparc at 10:10 on 07 April 2009 | Report This Post

What goes around...
I wonder if he will screen a rough cut for his old film school buddies, with footage of the space battles from Star Wars edited in, to give a sense of how the finished film will look. More

Posted by terriblecnut at 10:08 on 07 April 2009 | Report This Post

digital dogfights
Oh Christ... here we go again. I get the feeling that George'll be getting his army of nerds to create WW2 airplanes in a computer somewhere so he can orchestrate picture perfect air battles that look 'all pretty'. He is soooo bogged down in 'technical stuff' that he forgets all about what movies actually are - stories. Over the top CGI has had its day and if he doesn't recognise that fact then he's gonna end up making something truly terrible and not a film that these heroes deserve. Here' More

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