WATCH: Tristan Wilds on George Lucas’ ‘Red Tails’ & Earning Respect

The young actor earns his stripes in Tuskegee Airmen film, which highlights the war heroes' historical impact

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On January 20, 2012, Red Tails, the long awaited feature film about the Tuskegee Airmen will finally hit theatres. Executive produced by Star Wars creator George Lucas, the period film tells the historic story of the first African American fighter pilots of WWII and their struggles for equality during the Jim Crow era.

With a screenplay co-written by Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder, Red Tails features an all-star cast that includes Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Nate Parker, Ne-Yo, and Tristan Wilds, among other A-list performers. caught up with Wilds, who plays Ray “Junior” Gannon, a young Tuskegee Airman looking to earn the respect of his peers while fighting for his country. Watch below as he speaks on his experiences working with Lucas and the cast, as well as the life lessons he learned along the way.

Videographer: Melissa Johnson

  • Valerie Owens

    Last night I had the opportunity to see the premiere of the movie “Red Tails” starring Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. (due to be released January 20th 2012). The movie was fantastic. George Lucas did a great job retelling the story of the Tuskegee Airmen heroes during World War II. The movie was wonderful and it holds your interest from beginning to the end. The scenes were clear and you can understand what is being said throughout; both in English and in the German (in captions) language. The sound track was captivating. Thank you George Lucas; you did a wonderful job. As the author of “America Huh! I’m Going Home,” I only hope its movie will be just so.