Lucasfilm has tapped Anthony Hemingway to direct “Red Tails,” the WWII action adventure about the Tuskegee Airmen based on a story by George Lucas.
Lucas will exec produce and finance the pic through his Lucasfilm production company. Lucas tapped scribe John Ridley to pen the script last year.
Rick McCallum and Charles Floyd Johnson are producing. Production starts in March in Italy, Prague and Croatia.
“Red Tails” revolves around the young pilots who overcame institutional racism in the military to form the Tuskegee Airmen, the fliers who become the first African-American fighter pilots in U.S. military history. Their planes featured the red-painted tails that give the film its title.
Hemingway’s helming credits include episodes of “CSI: NY,” “Heroes” and “The Wire.”