Fox to handle release

“Red Tails,” the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, will hit theaters Jan. 20 with Fox handling.

Lucasfilm made the announcement Friday about the George Lucas-produced drama, which had been gestating for years. Director Anthony Hemingway (“Treme,” “The Wire”) posted on Twitter in early June that the pic would open next January but Lucasfilm declined to confirm the timing at that point. Fox, which was in negotiations to distribute the pic, also had no comment at the time.

Cast for the pic about the all-black group of fighter pilots includes Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nate Parker and Bryan Cranston. Story is set in 1944 with the Pentagon deciding to put into action the untried and untested pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program.

“I am humbled and honored to direct the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, heroes who have paved the way so others could have the opportunity to pursue their dreams,” Hemingway said in a statement Friday.

Fox handled all six of Lucas’ “Star Wars” films.

“I’ve wanted to do this film for a great many years,” said Lucas, who exec produced. “So it is especially gratifying to see it all come together. It has been a real pleasure to work with Anthony and the extraordinary cast on a project that we all passionately believe in. The Tuskegee Airmen were such superb pilots that it was essential for us to create visual effects that would live up to their heroism and put audiences in the cockpit with them.””Red Tails” will open against launches of Relativity’s action-thriller “Haywire” and Sony’s “Underworld Awakening,” starring Kate Beckinsale.

The official teaser trailer was released Friday on Yahoo.com.

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