Red Tails Red Carpet Premiere Recap

StarWars.com Team | January 18, 2012


Red Tails at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC

Underdogs fighting evil against all odds! Heroes overcoming adversity to save the day! Sound familiar? The hero’s journey isn’t just part of Star Wars, it’s part of American history thanks to George Lucas’ new WWII film about the Tuskegee Airmen — Red Tails!

Red Tails comes out in theaters on January 20, but StarWars.com attended the Red Tails NYC premiere with cast, crew and special guests including executive producer George Lucas.

Red Tails actors Terrence Howard, Nate Parker, Tristan Wilds, Elijah Kelley, Leslie Odom Jr., Method Man, Lee Tergesen, Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo, Ne-Yo, Marcus T. Paulk, Michael B. Jordan, Andre Royo, Kevin Phillips came to the premiere, as well as executive producer George Lucas, producer Rick McCallum, producer Charles Floyd Johnson, director Anthony Hemingway, film composer Terence Blanchard, and screenwriters Aaron McGruder and John Ridley.

Special guests James Earl Jones, Spike Lee, Francis Ford Coppola, Kimberly Locke, Al Roker, and more attended to show their support for Red Tails..

Here’s a glimpse of our Red Tails red carpet premiere with George Lucas, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terence Howard, and the cast, as well as the heroic Tuskegee Airmen!

George Lucas poses with the cast of Red Tails and the original Tuskegee Airmen.

“It’s a great story about young people who overcome a lot of adversity. I thought this was a perfect subject, especially for young people, to understand part of their history.” – George Lucas on why he made Red Tails.



“I get to play with George Lucas, I get to tell the story of the Tuskegee Airmen.” – Terence Howard on why he took the role of Colonel A.J. Bullard in Red Tails.


“This is George Lucas. I knew visually this was going to be something. This is an amusement park ride.” – Cuba Gooding Jr. on being in Red Tails


“Tuskegee Airmen in WWII — not a lot of people know about it. It’s not really pushed in schools.” – Michael B. Jordan on the importance of Red Tails.


“They were 17 to 25 years old, saving the world!” – Red Tails actor Tristan Wilds on the Tuskegee Airmen


“They transcended their adversity in their time.” – Red Tails actor Leslie Odom Jr. on the Tuskegee Airmen


“This is a film about African-American men who did something incredible for this country.” – Red Tails actor Ne-Yo on the Tuskegee Airmen


“To see these men come in, wearing their uniforms, wearing their patches, watching the screening and seeing the emotion that comes from them — it’s all I ever wanted.” – Red Tails actor Nate Parker on the Tuskegee Airmen


“I hope that people take away that anyone can be a hero at any given time, it’s just about stepping up to meet the challenge.” – Red Tails actor Method Man


Red Tails Producer Rick McCallum talks about how Star Wars fans will love the aerial dogfights.


Clone Wars writer Katie Lucas tells our Ustream that her dad George Lucas has been working on making Red Tails a reality her whole life.


Director Spike Lee gets interviewed on our live Ustream!


Director Francis Ford Coppola stops by our live Ustream!


Samuel L. Jackson, Katie Lucas and George Lucas strike a pose at the Red Tails after party!

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Red Tails Premiere in NYC – Jan 2012

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