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Lucas taps Ridley to write ‘Tails’

George Lucas has hired John Ridley to write “Red Tails,” a WWII action adventure about the Tuskegee Airmen based on a story by Lucas, who is financing development through his Lucasfilm production company and exec producing. Film charts a group of young pilots as they overcame racism to form the Tuskegee Airmen, a distinguished group of fliers who broke the aviation color barrier to become the first African-American fighter pilots in U.S. military history. Lucas, who has been busy with the fourth installment of “Indiana Jones,” has long had a passion for the Tuskegee Airmen, whose planes were distinguished by the red-painted tails that give the film its title.

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