Set Photos From George Lucas’ Red Tails

Published 5 years ago by , Updated September 17th, 2012 at 12:06 pm,

The first look behind the scenes of producer George Lucas’ World War II biopic Red Tails have surfaced. The last we heard from the set, George Lucas was none too thrilled with director Anthony Hemingway’s work and ordered re-shoots that he himself would direct, but that later turned out to be false. Even though these photos appear (according to the film slate) to be over a year old, an inside look is an inside look.

Red Tails stars Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding, Jr. in an ensemble cast that hopes to successfully tell one of WWII’s most intriguing stories. While we don’t see the big names in action, the photos focus a little more on the planes and cameras. So, if you are a fan of either, this is a batch worth checking out.

The set photos are pretty in-depth compared to what is typically snuck off a production, so this may be an organized release. We get a look at the monitors mid-shoot, various locations and a few planes in air and in front of a green screen. And if you absolutely need to see George Lucas standing around talking, there is a photo of the Star Wars saga creator.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but one of the photos appears to show director Hemingway showing a former Tuskegee Airman the production. Maybe he is an on-set consultant to help assure of historical accuracy. Based on his attire, he seems more the former.

We all need to sit back and hope George Lucas’ contribution to the film is not only limited, but also strictly from a visual standpoint. The massive green screen in one of the photos proves he isn’t too far behind the action, but then again, most aerial fight scenes in movies implement green screens. It’s only logical. But probably one of the best sequences in the Star Wars prequels was the pod race and if he can bring the same intensity and visuals to this film, it may be a heck of an action epic.

The images from monitors show a production aiming for look similar to that of HBO’s war mini-series like The Pacific. The colors and tones just seem to mirror that look, which is a great thing. Visually, the Spielberg-produced war films and miniseries have been a treat. But the story has guided them. It will be essential for Red Tails to explore a compelling story, as the Tuskegee Airmen are a fascinating group, but unlike Flyboys, the filmmakers need to bring us in with the characters.

The rest of the set photos glimpse into the sets and action of the film, but if you love your cameras, there is a nice shot of some of the Sony equipment being used.

It will be interesting to see Hemingway’s take, considering this is his first foray into film after four years of directing television. As a first or second unit director on some major productions like Ali and The Manchurian Candidate, he is not a total rookie on set, but he’s no Spielberg. Frankly, that was my hope when this project was in talks – Spielberg directing and Lucas producing. They are best buds after all.

We’ve already seen a biopic of the famous airmen of WWII in the form of a made-for-TV movie called The Tuskegee Airmen starring Laurence Fishburne and Cuba Gooding, Jr. But it is a tremendous tale of triumph and deserves a big-budget theatrical release like this.

Red Tails is set to release in 2010 and it is currently still in post-production.

Source: Collider

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  1. LOL Lucas is mad because the actors aren’t wooden enough like in star wars

  2. Unlike Shrek or Toy Story, I’m looking forward to this film.

    Should be some hella cool dog fightin action!
    Lucas has always wanted to do this film. Should be fun!

  3. Anyone ever see the version with Laurence Fishborne? It may have been made for TV and it may have been called “The Tuskegee Airmen”. It was pretty good.

    • The end of the article talks about that exact movie.

      • Well how about that… it does… I’m just so used to stopping abruptly and doing something else (anything else) when I see George Lucas’ picture or see his name mentioned more than 3 times in an article… so did anyone ever see the version with Laurence Fishborne? It may have been made for TV and it may have been called “The Tuskegee Airmen”. It was pretty good.

    • I saw it, and really liked it. I especially liked the scene where Fishburne and Warner had to land on a road being worked on by a chain gang of black inmates. Everyone thought they were white pilots until they took off their head gear. The response and look of one of the inmates was priceless; by far my favorite scene in the movie. I have high hopes for this big screen treatment.

  4. You are correct that the photograph of Hemingway is with an original Airman. The gentleman’s name is Dr. Roscoe Brown, Jr, and he was a pilot with the 100th Fighter Squadron inside the 332nd Fighter Group.

    He is also credited as being one of only three Airmen to shoot down a German Me-262 jet on the famed mission to Berlin in March 1945.

  5. I am very excited about this movie and look forward to it’s showing. As the the grandson of a WWII vet and son to a Korean Conflict vet it would do them proud to know that our men of color are not forgotten by a country that ridiculed them, during a time when the world needed all of the American countymen to stand up together and do their part in making it safer for everyone.I applaud Mr.Lucas and his efforts at bringing this movie to so many that do not know the history of Americans of color (American Indians(code talkers),Hispanics as well)that served in these perilous times to keep freedom alive for all across the world.

  6. This is an honor in the memory of my cousin, the late Wendell W. Hockaday, who was a Tuskegee Airmen who flew in this squadron. I heard so much about him and reading of what he did flying his plane in action and of course losing his life to help so many others. I look forward to seeing the movie. Thank You, Tuskegee Airmen.

  7. I am currently serving on active duty with the U.S. Air Force. I actually meet a few Tuskegee Airman through the years. They are still inspirational men of incredible courage and dedication. I too look forward to this movie. I enjoyed HBO’s version from 1995. I knew of the story prior to seeing any movie of it. I was amazed at how interesting the movie actually looked (due to a small budget). With ILM behind this and bringing in actual Tuskegee Airman – this movie will be incredible! I am a fan of the History Channel series Dogfights:

    Their Tuskegee episode was epic! I hope Mr. Lucas watched it and is looking to apply what he saw, especially visually! =)

  8. This is a rich subject area with so many mysteries yet to be solved. i.e. like the P-47 Thunderbolts that were lost at sea with West Point grad Bob Tresville back in the Spring of ’44. Hopefully the movie will spark interest in finding lost ships, promoting scholarly research, and promote a f
    Faithful Pursuit of the bigger picture.

    I was first told by the Tuskegee Airmen’s corporate arm, TAI, that Lucas was working on the movie in 1987 or so. I was discussing the possibilities with Spike Lee but dropped it at TAI’s suggestion 23 or so years ago. I am glad it is finally going to happen! Good luck to Lucas Arts and God Bless the Tuskegee Airmen!!!!!!!!


  9. ToWhom it may concern: My father was a Tuskegee Airman. Recorded in my father’s flight log book dated March 23, 1945…”encountered two ME-262′s jet powered”….”killed two ME-262′s! This is the first time in history that a propeller driven plane shot down a jet powered craft. My father said that the three P-51′s they were flying that day were on a recon mission and accidently ran into the ME-262′s. When the two ME-262′s spotted my father and his two wing men, the ME-262′s powered away from them. My father said to the other two wing men “lets head back to base because we’d never catch them. After he verbalized those words, the ME-262′s stared to turn…and thats when my father said..”We’ve got them now” and then proceeded to cut them off with a shorter turning radius and opened fire with their 50 claibur guns and downed the two ME-262′s. My father said they had camera footage but after the board of inquiry interviewed them, the footage mysteriously disappeared and they weren’t given the official credit. What I can verify is that I have access to my father’s original flight log book and that doesn’t lie! In addition, of the 960 pilots that became known as the Tuskegee Airmen, i.e., pilots….only two of them ever became members of the Baha’i Faith, which helped them heal themselves from the negative effects of racism before their deaths! I have talked about this story on various occasions as a resident of Aurora, Colorado. If one googles “Tuskegee Airmen Baha’i Faith, other personalized stories regarding my father’s Tuskegee history can be gleaned! His name was Myron Wilson and my name is Myron A. Wilson.

  10. The shooting down of three ME 262′s is documented but it was not certainly the first time a 262 was shot down. You can go to the official site at
    and you will see over 100 ME 262′s were shot down in aerial combat and many more were shot down in landings and take off’s. The 262 had 100 knots over a P-51 but could not turn inside of one and would be very vulnerable in a dogfight. They were used as hit and run raiders against the heavy bombers but they were not affective dog fighters.