'90210' star joins 'Red Tails' film

Tristan Wilds will play flyboy in World War II drama

Tristan Wilds has been cast in the World War II drama "Red Tails."

The film, written by John Ridley and directed by Anthony Hemingway, details the true story of the 332nd Fighter Group, an elite all-black unit of escort pilots known as the Red Tails. George Lucas is an executive producer, and Rick McCallum is producing.

Wilds will play Ray "Ray Gun" Knight, a flyboy nearly blinded over Nazi-occupied Italy who becomes the wingman of his friend and cohort, Marty. The two face the prejudice of the U.S. military as much as the overseas enemy but end up establishing an unprecedented record.

Wilds, repped by J. Mitchell Management and Abrams Artists, stars on the CW's "90210" and appeared in the films "The Secret Life of Bees" and "Half Nelson." He also had a recurring role on HBO's "The Wire."