July 29, 2011 / 5:50 PM / in 8 years

Lucasfilm's "Red Tails" in theaters next January

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. attends the premiere of "Avatar" at the Mann's Grauman Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Lucasfilm’s “Red Tails” have their mission data.

The true-life story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all African-American aerial unit, lands in theaters on January 20, 2012, the company announced on Friday.

It will be released by Twentieth Century Fox, which shepherded Lucas’ “Star Wars” films to the big screen.

Directed by Anthony Hemingway (“Treme,” “The Wire”), the drama stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and Bryan Cranston.

Up-and-comers Nate Parker (“The Secret Life of Bees” ), David Oyelowo (“The Last King of Scotland”) Cliff Smith aka Method Man (“The Wire”) and Kevin Phillips (“Pride”), co-star.

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