George Lucas, creator of “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones,” has funded and produced a film telling the story of the Tuskegee Airmen who entered into battle in 1943. Lucas says he has been waiting to make this film for over 20 years not because of money or interest, but for the technology to highlight the true skill of these brilliant pilots. He also has spoke on the difficulty in making a film that is seen as “All Black”.
Studios didn’t want to put up the $35million or so to cover print and ads for the movie, because they say these films don’t make money…which is true. This all together was $90-100 million dollar film. “I plan to prove that Black can mean Green…” says Lucas.
I plan to support it and take some young folks with me. My wife is a teacher and had her school sponsor a trip for 70 students to go see the film as apart of their curriculum. The 1995 “Tuskegee Airman” film was great as well, so to be able to see this with the money behind it should be a treat. There are some familiar names in the film as well as some fresh faces:
The leading star is Cuba Gooding Jr, who also stared in the 1995 film Tuskegee Airmen with Laurence Fishbone about the same group of black fighter pilots.
The cast also includes Terrence Howard the actor, singer, and rapper who had his film break in “Mister Holland’s Opus” starring along side Richard Dreyfuss and the iconic Olympia Dukakis.
Bryan Cranston who is best known for his role in the T.V. smash hit Malcolm in the Middle.
A side note: whilst at college for a part-time job Bryan became a ordained minister.
Other actors include Nate Parker who played Henry Lowe in “Great Debaters” directed be Denzel Washington. Also signed up are David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Aml Ameen, and Cliff Smith (aka Method Man).
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