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"Red Tails" Gets A Second Trailer & Brand New Poster (Oh Yes, Sh*t Will Be Blown Up)

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 17, 2011 3:14 AM
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I believe there was some concern about what the focus would be in the George Lucas-produced Tuskegee Airmen actioner, Red Tails, directed by Anthony Hemingway. My comrade Andre Seewood asked in his post a few days ago, whether it'll be a "tepid feel good story or an unvarnished gaze" at the people, the place and the time.

Given all we've seen thus far, including this new trailer and the full poster below, I think we can lean towards the former.

This looks like, first and foremost, an action adventure movie folks! So I wouldn't go looking for some treatise on the black combat experience during WWII, that's heavy on the racism that enveloped this country at the time, and the discrimination, both within and outside the army, these men in uniform faced even as they represented their country with distinction. I don't think Lucas is really interested in that. At least not with this movie, if the marketing for it so far is of any indication.

As my title states, shit will be blown up! A reductive statement, I know, but you get my point :)

Will this be a movie that the real Tuskegee Airmen would be proud of? I dunno... it may be the case of this succeeding almost solely as an action movie starring black actors, and not necessarily as a film celebrating the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen - men that many in the film's target audience may know very little about.

The film's cast includes: Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Method Man, Lee Tergesen, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley, Andre Royo and Jesse Williams.

Watch the brand new trailer below; the full poster follows underneath (by the way, I noticed that, on the poster, Aaron McGruder is listed as a co-screenwriter, along with John Ridley. This is the first time I'm hearing Aaron's name mentioned in any connection with this film; also, when was the last time Cuba Gooding Jr got top billing on any major motion picture?):

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  • Jeanette Marable | August 22, 2011 4:32 AMReply

    Great poster. Looking forward to seeing the movie. I love Michael B. Jordan. Very talented.

  • Clnmike | August 21, 2011 4:49 AMReply

    The dogfights look great, i hope it isnt cliche loaded.

  • sfp326 | August 18, 2011 3:16 AMReply

    January 20th release folks. This is going to be a complete, cliche ridden dog.

  • other song | August 17, 2011 6:23 AMReply

    definitely a better trailer.

    I'll check this one out. If only for the dogfights and Wallace from the Wire

  • Colored | August 17, 2011 4:27 AMReply

    A film about black men. With no black men in the poster. Fox hoping people they can sell on planes I see. Easier sell than the faces of string black men serving their country with dignity.

  • Tamara | August 17, 2011 3:59 AMReply

    Time for some action! Yeah!

    I like the poster.

  • Afrostyling | August 17, 2011 3:57 AMReply

    @Darkan, my first thought was "why is Cuba getting top billing?"
    That being said, i am really getting excited for this movie. The poster is awesome!

  • Geneva Girl | August 17, 2011 3:53 AMReply

    There's enough eye candy to make this a good girls night out flick, but enough explosions that hubby will want to come along too.

  • Rodney | August 17, 2011 3:48 AMReply

    The poster is off the hook. Notice the German jet fighter in the background (Me-262). The Tuskegee airmen were credited with shooting down 3 of these planes, the first jet aircraft introduced in battle.

  • darkan | August 17, 2011 3:47 AMReply

    "when was the last time Cuba Gooding Jr got top billing on any major motion picture?"
    I said the same thing to myself when I saw the poster Tambay. And it's over Terrence Howard? Go figure... :-)

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