New Red Tails Poster and Trailer Focuses on Sky Battles and Inspiring Speeches
11.11.11 by Ryan
Trailers for the upcoming George Lucas-produced World War II drama Red Tails have been arriving almost once a month since the first one arrived in July.
The newly released theatrical trailer, the fourth so far, focuses mostly on aerial combat, not unlike the trailers that have come before it. The movie follows the inspirational story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American combat pilots to serve in the US military, but were often given second-rate planes to fly and faced segregation and discrimination, often by their commanding officers. Red Tails isn't the first movie to tell the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, but the latest trailer shows it could be the best version so far, with way better air fights and moving, inspirational speeches.
In addition to the new trailer, a new poster has also debuted, showing the airmen of the 332nd Fighter Group of the US Army walking underneath a burning Nazi fighter plane. The trailer, of course, is far more revealing.
Here's the official synopsis for Red Tails:
1944. World War II rages and the fate of the free world hangs in the balance. Meanwhile the black pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program are courageously waging two wars at once — one against enemies overseas, and the other against discrimination within the military and back home. Racial prejudices have long held ace airman Martin "Easy" Julian (Nate Parker) and his black pilots back at base — leaving them with little to do but further hone their flying skills — while their white counterparts are shipped out to combat after a mere three months of training. Mistakenly deemed inferior and assigned only second-rate planes and missions, the pilots of Tuskegee have mastered the skies with ease but have not been granted the opportunity to truly spread their wings. Until now.
As the war in Europe continues to take its dire toll on Allied forces, Pentagon brass has no recourse but to reconsider these under-utilized pilots for combat duty. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, Col. A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard) awards them the ultimate chance to prove their mettle high above. Undaunted by the prospect of providing safe escort to bombers in broad daylight — a mission so dangerous that the RAF has refused it and the white fighter groups have sustained substantial losses — Easy's pilots at last join the fiery aerial fray. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies in a heroic endeavor to combat the enemy — and the discrimination that has kept them down for so long.
The Red Tails cast also includes Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire), Bryan Cranston (AMC's Breaking Bad), David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Help), Tristan Wilds (Half Nelson), Method Man (HBO's The Wire), Ne-Yo (Battle: Los Angeles), Lee Tergesen (Shaft), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Andre Royo (Super, The Wire), and Jesse Williams (Brooklyn's Finest). The movie was written by John Ridley (Undercover Brother) and Boondocks writer-artist Aaron Mcgruder and directed by Anthony Hemingway (HBO's Treme).