“The Wire” actors Tristan Wilds and Rick Otto have joined the cast of the World War II drama “Red Tails” says The Hollywood Reporter.
John Ridley penned the film which follows the true story of the 332nd Fighter Group, an elite all-black unit of escort pilots known as the Red Tails.
Wilds will play Ray “Ray Gun” Knight, a flyboy nearly blinded over Nazi-occupied Italy who becomes the wingman of his friend and cohort, Marty.
The two face the prejudice of the U.S. military as much as the overseas enemy but end up establishing an unprecedented record.
Otto will play a white World War II piot who is sympathetic to the African-American squadron.
Anthony Hemingway will direct while George Lucas serves as executive producer. Regular “Star Wars” producer Rick McCallum is also onboard.
Otto has also been cast as a black ops Navy SEAL in “Point Break Indo”, the Jan De Bont-directed sequel to 1991’s “Point Break” which will shoot in Bali and Australia.