‘Red Tails’ Trailer #2 Promises A Grand WWII Drama

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Red Tails second trailer Red Tails Trailer #2 Promises A Grand WWII Drama

Remember back when George Lucas used to produce cool stuff? Yeah, it’s been a while.

Next year’s Red Tails is a passion project for the Star Wars creator, who’s been wanting to realize the true-life tale of the Tuskegee Airman in grand cinematic form for a couple of decades now. It looks to be easily the most appealing project Lucas has been involved with (here, as producer and story writer) in some time, judging by the early footage glimpsed.

Red Tails
is a historical war drama that utilizes the generally impeccable effects work of Industrial Light & Magic to bring its W.W. II setting to stylish life. It also boasts a solid main cast that includes stars like Oscar-nominee Terence Howard (Iron Man), Golden-Globe Nominee Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. – who looks to be finally making good movies again.

An eclectic collection of African-American character actors have also been brought onboard to portray the Airmen, including Nate Parker (The Great Debaters), Tristan Wilds (The Wire), Kevin Phillips (Notorious), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Marcus T. Paulk (Moesha), Michael B Jordan (Friday Night Lights), and hip-hop artist Cliff “Method Man” Smith.

Check all that out in the second Red Tails trailer (via MTV) below:

For those not up on their 20th century history, here’s the official synopsis for Red Tails:

1944. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options – including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country – and the fate of the free world.

As was discussed with regards to the first Red Tails trailer, this film is essentially the masculine counterpart to this past week’s tale of social inequality and African-American contribution to U.S. history, The Help. However, Red Tails will focus solely on retelling the story of its namesake (a nickname given to the Airmen, after they painted the tails of their P-47s red) in an epic cinematic fashion. That should help it avoid some of the criticisms made towards The Help, which some moviegoers have decried as being just idealized revisionist history.

Red Tails Trailer Red Tails Trailer #2 Promises A Grand WWII Drama

The aerial battle sequences in Red Tails look very well done and it’s hard to image that the Airmen won’t make for a rousing group of soldiers, given the strong acting talent that will be portraying them. We’re all familiar with period war drama clichés (the rousing speeches, patriotic music, etc.), but, as always, what matters most is how well they’re executed. So far, Red Tails looks to do a decent job, in that regard.

Red Tails will soar into theaters around the U.S. on January 20th, 2012.

Source: MTV

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  1. “We’re all familiar with period war drama clichés (the rousing speeches, patriotic music, etc.)”

    It used to be called Patriotism Sandy, but I am sure todays movie goers are unfamiliar with that term since Hollywood is only Patriotic when it comes to killing Nazi’s in WW II.

    • hollywood against nazis and aliens, cause the only remaining communists pay the salary to hollywood, chinese. QED

      • @ Aleric: Very true. Word!

  2. @Aleric: And Hollywood’s need to premiere their movies out side of the U.S. Hollywood has no clue as to what patriotism is unless its green.

    As for RED TAILS, I’ll be there first showing first day!

  3. Bah, they already made a movie about this. With so much human history why make a historical movie about a specific event that was already done!!.

    What a waste.

    • that was a TV movie not Hollywood movie

      • What’s your point? Do you mean you would prefer to watch the same historical story again and not something new just because it was previously a made as a TV movie?

        • what u talking about look how many WW2 TV movies out there and they also make Hollywood movies about WW2 how this any different.

    • What other theatrical movie was there about the Airmen? You’re not talking about the HBO Tuskegee Airmen are you, because that wasn’t a theatrical release.

      • No. That was an HBO film from 1995. It wasn’t that bad but it was rushed through. And much of the aerial combat sequences were borrowed from actual combat footage and two other war films. The two films were the Battle of Britain and Memphis Bell. I noticed the Me 109s were the same ones from The Battle of Britain.


  4. I wish that Lucas had made a movie like this when he still had some edge, some fire in his filmmaking belly… back in the 70s, or early 80s… pre-Return of the Jedi.

    As is, while the action looks great (no surprises there), the dialogue sounds like it was run through a Hallmark Card app.

  5. wow. a very pump-you-up sort of trailer. some of the destructive cgi effects looked very good combined with the sound effects, as if muffled like the viewer were in the cockpit. im very interested in this movie already.

  6. Lucas is back. He should have been working on other projects a long time ago. but hey, it is never too late. This one sounds interesting enough to bring me to the theater on the first day. :)

  7. looks pretty good

  8. Since no one should make movies about historical subjects that have already been made into a movie I suppose Saving Private Ryan was a waste of time, money and effort??

    • Not to mention Platoon, Apocalypse Now, Patton, etc…, since we have had war movies since the dawn of the silver screen.

  9. @ manowar

    “Bah, they already made a movie about this. With so much human history why make a historical movie about a specific event that was already done!!.

    What a waste.”

    You forgot the “Humbug!! I Tell You!!”


  10. So I guess who directed this movie isn’t important huh?? Looks like I’ll just have to go to IMDB as well…

  11. Anyway, the director is Anthony Hemingway. This appears to be his first time in the director’s chair for a motion picture. His experience is mainly in tv series and for motion pictures as a second unit director. Normally I don’t have a problem with tv series directors because often times it’s actually harder to handle tv series, but it’s the ones he’s been involved with that kind of concerns me. I know a lot of people love True Blood, but let’s be honest, you guys and girls love the drama between characters and the raunchiness. It’s not a show with great acting or directing in my opinion. He was also involved in CSI, which is a terrible show in my opinion, and a bunch of other shows. None of which really jumped out at me as shows with anything amazing in terms of acting and directing… Just my opinion, but I guess I’ll wait for the reviews before I can have any interest in this film.

    • When you said CSI tell me your not serious. How many spin offs have spun from that show running how many years. If it wasnt good trust me it would have been cancled on TV.

      • Just because people watch it doesn’t mean it was a good show. Under your logic, Jersey Shore must be the best show ever produced… *rolls eyes*

        CSI is one of the dumbest shows I’ve ever seen. It’s closer to being a science fiction show than anything close to being what real crime scene investigators do…

  12. The planes who tails were painted were P-51 Mustangs, not P-47 Thunderbolts. But the 332nd Fighter did fly the P-47s for one month. Also, the Tuskegee Airmen had been in combat since 1943, providing aerial support for the Allied invasion of Sicily.

  13. It’s been a while since we got a solid period piece. Character development outside of the amazing dog fighting visuals is what I’m hoping to see a lot of. I really want this to be as good as the trailers look. Can’t wait!

  14. The battle scenes are impressing but some details of aircraft are completely wrong:

    The B17s are painted in the colours and markings of the 381st BG, which belonged to the 8th USAAF (flew missions from Great Britain). The Red Tails were infact part of the 15th USAAF which flew missions from bases in italy, escorting their own B17 and B24 units. They never were tasked with escorting 8th USAAF bombers, which had their own escorts.

    The yellow markings on the german jets are pure fantasy. The completely yellow painted noses of the Bf109s were used until the fall of 1941.

    I’m hoping the story of the tuskegee airmen is researched much better than these details.

  15. I feel excited for this movie, but I also remember being pumped by the SW: Prequel previews and being grossly let down. As such, I want to see this but cautious about it.