Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Bryan Cranston team up for George Lucas’ long-awaited movie “Red Tails.” loosely based on the all-black Tuskegee Airmen squadron in World War II. It could be a classic in the making.

Lucas, best known for the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” movies is a stickler for detail and realism, and judging from a new trailer, it looks like the film will deliver.

It captures a moment in time when the nation was in a life-or-death struggle against Nazism in Europe while still trying to come to terms with its racist past.

Although African-Americans weren’t allowed to enter the war right away, special all-black units were created much like the Civil War.

The travails of African-Americans in that great struggle were detailed in the 1989 movie “Glory,” directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman.

The story was based on first all-black regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, which fought with distinction during the war.

Likewise, the Tuskegee Airmen made up the 332nd Fighter Group of the 477th Bombardment Group in Europe. Before them, no African American had become a U.S. military pilot.

Unfortunately the film has faced almost as many barriers as the original air group. Filming began in 2009 under director Anthony Hemingway.

Initial production was followed by reports of a massive overhaul of the script and the reshooting of scenes under the personal direction of Lucas himself, who was said to be unhappy with the original production.

Despite back and forth in the trade media over the extent of the re-jiggering, the film will debut in January.

War movies about fighter planes are always difficult to portray because the action takes place in the air.

But Lucas seems to capture the tension, fear and the adrenalin rush of air-to-air combat with a realistic depiction of combat.

Check out the trailer below: