George Lucas is getting ready to produce his first film post Star Wars. It’s based on the famed Tuskegee Airmen and called “Red Tails.” Lucas wrote the story, the screenplay is by John RidleyAnthony Hemingway, whose work has been mostly on TV with HBO shows like “The Wire” and “Oz” is set to direct.

It’s not set in space, or even on the streets of suburban California back in the 1950s. But it is retro, and will be full of cool fighter pilots.

“Red Tails” has got an unusual cast. From what I’m told, offers have gone to Terence Howard and superstar singer NeYoAndre Royo (from “Oz”) and Nate Parker (from “The Great Debaters”), British actor David Oyelowo, as well as Barry Pepper and Bryan Cranston, the dad from Malcolm in the Middle.

Who we won’t see donning World War II gear, unfortunately: the great Derek Luke or Michael Ealy, because Lucas and co. are said to be sensitive about not overlapping with Spike Lee’s recent feature about African Americans in the war, “Miracle at St. Anna.”

Who we wouldn’t mind Lucas casting: Anthony Mackie, who’s so good in the upcoming Kathryn Bigelow film, “The Hurt Locker.”

So far no studio is lined up for “Red Tails,” which may mean Lucas is financing it himself as LucasFilms. Of course, he could since he’s George Lucas and he can do anything he wants. And Lucas would have the run of Hollywood if and when he was ready to look for a distributor, the most natural fit being Dreamworks/Disney with Steven Spielberg. But of course the Star Wars movies were all with 20th Century Fox, where Lucas has had excellent relationships.



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