The much anticipated George Lucas project will be released in the UK and Ireland by Momentum Pictures on June 6th, the 68th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Inspired by the true story of World War II’s first African American fighter squadron, Red Tails is a thrilling action-packed film with the most realistic dogfights ever to hit the screen.
Executive Produced by George Lucas, Produced by Rick McCallum and Charles Floyd Johnson, Written by John Ridley (Three Kings) and Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks) and Directed by Anthony Hemingway (The Wire), Red Tails tells the tale of the heroic 332nd fighter group of the U.S. Army Air Corps who overcame racial discrimination to become one of the most distinguished squadrons in World War II.
Lucas notes, “RED TAILS has been a passion project for me for nearly 2 decades. It embodies the youthful energy of American Graffiti combined with the exhilarating action of the trench run from Star Wars and I believe it sheds light on an important chapter in our history that has been often overlooked.”
Director Anthony Hemingway states, “It is an emotional story about an extraordinary group of young men whose courage and determination led them to become heroes. I think every person, young and old, will walk away from this film feeling that anything is possible. Red Tails is a celebration of life and breaking down barriers.”
Producer, Rick McCallum says, “Red Tails is an epic action film but it is also a story about brotherhood and friendship. We were fortunate to get the most amazing cast. The story of the Tuskegee Airmen represents a milestone in American history, and we’re all proud to be paying tribute to their heroic efforts. That cultural significance is not lost on anyone in this great young cast.”
The film’s ensemble cast includes Academy Award® winner Cuba Gooding Jr (Jerry Maguire), Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (Iron Man), Nate Parker (The Secret Life of Bees), David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Spooks), Grammy Award winning singer Ne-Yo (Battle Los Angeles), Michael B Jordan (Chronicle), Leslie Odom Jr. (Smash), Andre Royo (The Wire), Tristan Wilds (The Wire), Bryan Cranston (Drive, Breaking Bad) and the Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man (The Wire).
“We’re very excited to be working with Lucasfilm to bring Red Tails to UK audiences,” said Xavier Marchand, Managing Director of Momentum Pictures. “It’s a remarkably compelling story and the aerial dog fight scenes are simply breathtaking.”
Red Tails uses the historic backdrop of World War II to tell the story of a cast of men, drawn from many walks of life, who were united in their desire to fight against tyranny. Not considered worthy of a front line role by the Army brass, the men of the 332nd squadron, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, spend their time flying dilapidated aircraft picking off the remnants of the German forces and yearning to engage the Luftwaffe one on one. When the Tuskegee Airmen get the chance to provide air cover for a landing operation they prove how devastating they can be and are chosen to escort and protect the Allied bombers on their most daring mission yet – the first raid on Berlin.
Red Tails is released in the cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 6 June