In one of the strangest movie moments in 2012, it appears that George Lucas may be pulling off something he hasn’t done in at least 20 or so years—releasing a movie that appears to be, well, good. That’s right, Lucas has produced and helped fund Red Tails, the upcoming film about the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-African American World War II combat pilots, and it actually looks pretty great. Don’t believe Lucas could have a hand in anything awesome? Check out seven minutes of footage from Red Tails below.
The Anthony Hamilton-directed action film stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston, and Method Man, as well as featuring something Lucas actually is known for doing well—stellar special effects.
A lot of eyes are currently on Red Tails and the financial numbers it will generate, with many believing that spending $60 million on a primarily African American action film is “risky,” and that if the film does well, African American cinema may get a boost and be seen as more commercially viable.
It remains to be seen how well Red Tails will do in cinemas, as it’s up against the 134th new Underworld film, as well as Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire.
What did you think of the Red Tails footage?