Lucasfilm has attached Anthony Hemingway to direct Red Tails, the WWII action adventure based on a story by George Lucas about the Tuskegee Airmen.

According to Variety, Lucas will exec produce and finance the film through his Lucasfilm production company. Lucas tapped scribe John Ridley to pen the script last year.

Red Tails revolves around the young pilots who overcame institutional racism in the military to form the Tuskegee Airmen, the fliers who become the first African-American fighter pilots in U.S. military history. Their planes featured the red-painted tails that give the film its title.

Production starts in March in Italy, Prague and Croatia.