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July 29, 2011 / California Film Institute Blog

George Lucas takes a step into uncharted waters with his new World War II movie, Red Tails

George Lucas’ newest endeavor, Red Tails, might catch people off-guard with its lack of lightsabers, aliens, space travel, whips, and ancient mysterious artifacts. The movie, produced by Lucas, is his first film not related to the Indiana Jones or Star Wars franchises since 1994, which, from the trailer released today, doesn’t seem to have been an issue for the famed Bay Area local.

Red Tails tells the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American pilots to fly in combat during World War II. Even though there are moments in the trailer where you get the impression of this being a cookie-cutter inspirational military film, overall, the movie doesn’t look half bad. With incredible aerial battles and a star-studded cast of veterans including Bryan Cranston (AMC’s Breaking Bad), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow) and Cuba Gooding Jr. (A Few Good Men) Lucas may have pulled out a hit. Either way, all we can do is wait for the release on January 20, 2012.

To watch the trailer, click here.

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