Lucas takes to the skies again with Red Tails

Apart from the Clone Wars animated series, everything that Lucasfilm has been involved in for the past twenty-five-odd years has been a bit…tainted. Sure, Indiana Jones 4 wasn’t half bad, but generally the folks didn’t care for it much. Then there’s the Star Wars prequels.

It seems that George Lucas has pulled his figure out by executive producing the WWII movie, Red Tails (i.e. he signed the cheque). The film’s director is Anthony Hemingway whose TV work you would have seen on vampire drama True Blood and the Battlestar Galactica reboot.

Red Tails tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, African-American fighter pilots charged with escorting American bombers to and from their targets over occupied Europe during the Second World War. The film features a star-studded cast and some great aerial combat sequences. It is also a shocking story that really serves to illustrate the racist bigotry black folks faced in the US at the time.

I’ve embedded the trailer from Yahoo! Movies, below. Take a look, it’ll bring a lump to your throat.