New Trailer and Poster for RED TAILS

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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.


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  • Kenny B

    I predict this will do 50 million domestically, with a longer than expected run in theaters. — that felt very wrong to type, but I’d like to see an plane movie not tank in theaters.

  • Simon Pigg

    This is Cuba Gooding Jr.’s first non-straight to DVD film since American Gangster (2007). I hope it’s not his last.

  • Tarek

    The only good thing in this movie is Terrence Howard.

    Luca$ is turning everything into a Video Game.

    • VicManMan

      What about Bryan Cranston?

    • Shwartenegro

      tarek you are ridiculous. Its a film about fighter pilots and aeroplanes in combat. A true story! You wanna get rid of all the action and just sit and stare at Terence Howard? Faggy to say the least.

      • Tarek

        Ohh Naggy! grab yourself a baggy! ^^

        If this movie was directed by Jim Cameron, I’d be more interested. But with Luca$ at the wheel, the guy who turned star wars into a video game movie, ? Come on!

  • CreativeMATRIX

    Can’t wait to see this. Great Trailer!!!!!!!!

  • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

    That’s a pretty weak poster because it looks like it could be just about any war movie with dog fighting.
    It tells me very little about the movie itself. For a movie about the Tuskegee Airmen, I think they should have included at least one image of said Tuskegee Airmen.

  • Titus

    Hiro has a good point, but I *love* that poster! It looks so immersive and exciting.

    Hopefully there is high quality character work, though, and maybe a future poster will reflect that.

    Is Red Tails synonymous with the Tuskegee Airmen, though? Maybe that was the reference to the TA, at least on this particular poster.

    • Desert Rat

      The title is a reference to the rudder on the back of the Tuskeegee Airmen’s planes, which while flying, looked like “a red tail”.

  • Northern Star

    That actually looks promising, but the more I see it, the more it convinces me that Lucas should have waited until the last few years to start the prequel trilogy- the digital camera images are infinitely better than when he used them a decade ago ditto the level of CG visual effects technology- he would’ve had much more time to fully develop the scripts, plus Lucas should have got younger, talented, and driven people like Anthony Hemingway to direct the prequels instead of doing them himself, it would have probably led to a considerably better trilogy…

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