George Lucas's hugely anticipated World War II movie 'Red Tails' will open in U.S. cinemas on 20th January 2012. The announcement comes after fans got their first glimpse of the film in the first official trailer, reports the Huffington Post.
The Stars Wars creator has penned the script for the movie, which follows the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II. The film stars Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr, with Nate Parker, Daniela Ruah, Method Man and Bryan Cranston also among the cast. Directed by 'The Wire' filmmaker Anthony Hemingway, the project represents the first LucasFilm movie not to be associated with Indiana Jones or Star Wars since 1994's Radioland Murders. The trailer features a section in which Gooding Jr's character tells his superior, "When we came under your command colonel, you stated very clearly that we would never find negroes who could pass a pilots exam, make it through flight school, survive basic combat. We've done all of that", later adding, "We have a right to fight for our country - the same as every other American, we will not go away".
George Lucas hit the headlines this week after losing his court battle with a British prop designer regarding the sale of 'Stormtrooper' helmets and costumes.