George Lucas Red Tails
January 11, 2012 by staff
Inspired by actual events, “Red Tails” tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of African-American fighter pilots in the U.S. armed forces. “Star Wars” creator George Lucas executive produced the film, which was released under his Lucasfilm banner.
At last night’s screening at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, Lucas said that the film was the result of “a lot of work by a lot of people.” He stood near the back of the theater as the crowds streamed in; he was recognized by some theatergoers, but many others didn’t notice the legendary filmmaker as they rushed to their seats to take in his latest project. Lucas, as he watched patrons arrive, seemed eager to see how the film would be received.
Lucas has a lot riding on “Red Tails”–in October his representative told Speakeasy that he has spent $58 million to make the film and $35 million more to distribute it.
Also on hand for the premiere were “Red Tails” stars Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Terrence Howard, who happily posed for pictures with female fans in the Ziegfeld lobby. Later, director Spike Lee joined Gooding and Howard in front of the cameras.
Michael B. Jordan, co-star of the late lamented TV series “Friday Night Lights,” and a co-star in “Red Tails,” chatted with Speakeasy for a moment about his buzzed-about new film “Chronicle.” “They’re going to like it!” he said, pointing to two 9-year-old boys who had come with Speakeasy.
Other members of the “Red Tails” cast, including actor David Oyelowo and actor-musician Ne-Yo, were also at the premiere, along with some of the real-life Tuskegee Airmen, who were greeted warmly by the crowd.
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