Tuskegee tale taps fleet leaders

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Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard head the ensemble cast drafted by Lucasfilm for "Red Tails," its feature about the Tuskegee Airmen that Anthony Hemingway is directing.

The cast includes Bryan Cranston, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Cliff Smith (aka Method Man), Kevin Phillips, Rick Otto, Lee Tergesen, Andre Royo, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley, Marcus T. Paulk, Leslie Odom Jr., Michael B. Jordan, Jazmine Sullivan, Edwina Findley, Daniela Ruah and Stacie Davis.

A fictional tale inspired by the real-life Tuskegee Airmen — the first all-black aerial-combat unit that flew during World War II — the project was written by John Ridley from a story by George Lucas, who is serving as exec producer. Rick McCallum and Charles Floyd Johnson are producing.

Principal photography is set to get under way in Europe.

"We're working on techniques that will give us the first true look at the aerial dogfighting of the era," Lucas said. (partialdiff)
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