Tuesday, April 07, 2009


It seems that George Lucas just continues to beef up the cast of his upcoming "Redtails" pic on the daily. His latest two additions are major thespians, Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. "Red Tails," is a WWII action-adventure that Lucas has been developing forever now.

Gooding and Howard will be joining a cast that includes Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Method Man, Lee Tergesen, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley, Andre Royo and Jesse Williams.

Anthony Hemingway is directing and Lucas is exec producing and financing through his Lucasfilm production company. The film is scheduled to being shooting fairly soon in Europe.

The script was written by John Ridley and it revolves around the young pilots who overcame institutional racism in the military to form the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American fighter pilots in U.S. military history. Their planes featured the red-painted tails that give the film its title.

"I've been wanting to do 'Red Tails' for 20 years, and we've finally got the means to showcase the skill of the Tuskegee pilots," Lucas said. "We're working on techniques which will give us the first true look at the aerial dogfighting of the era."

Let's hope this movie marks the return of black movies with a purpose because if I have to watch one more preview for another hot ghetto mess movie starring black folks I shall scream.