If, like most people, you have lost all confidence in George Lucas in a filmmaker, here is something that just might restore a little bit of that lost faith. For years now we have been hearing about a passion project of his called Red Tails, a WWII film about the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American pilots who overcame prejudice to fight for their country. Now it looks like the movie will finally be hitting theatres early next year, and Yahoo! has the first trailer to prove it.
The cast includes Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bryan Cranston, Ne-Yo and Method Man, among others, and while the action looks decent, it feels very earnest in its exploration of WWII-era racism. The good news is that Lucas didn’t actually direct the movie… at least not entirely. Anthony Hemingway (CSI: NY, Treme) was the man behind the camera for most of the shoot, although he could not return for reshoots last year and it seems safe to assume that Lucas himself took over. The movie is being released in January, which is usually not a good sign, but overall the trailer does look promising. What do you think, does George Lucas have a decent post-Star Wars career ahead of him after all? Red Tails hits theatres on January 20th, 2012; hit the jump to watch the first trailer now.