20th Century Fox has released a new trailer and poster for Anthony Hemingway’s World War II action-drama Red Tails. The film tells the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-black squadron in American history. Despite given second-hand planes and equipment, the squadron still managed to accomplish some of the war’s most dangerous missions. I far prefer this new trailer to the previous one. Instead of heaping on the historical importance (and it was indisputably significant to American history, but we already know it before we’ve even see the movie), this new trailer plays up the characters and the action.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with the poster. The film was produced by George Lucas and stars Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bryan Cranston, Brandon T. Jackson, and Nate Parker. Red Tails opens January 20, 2012.
Trailer and poster via MTV.
Here’s the official synopsis for Red Tails:
1944. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options – including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country – and the fate of the free world.