It’s been a while since we heard anything about the casting for the remake of the 1984 commie-stompin’ flick “Red Dawn”. We knew that Papa Kirk/Thor Chris Hemsworth would be playing Jed Eckhert (originally played by Patrick Swayze), “The Wackness’” Josh Peck would play younger brother Matt Eckhert (originally played by Charlie Sheen), and Adrianne Palicki of “Friday Night Lights” would play Toni, the love interest of Jed and formerly played by Jennifer Grey.
Now four more fighters want so bash some Commies (or maybe terrorists; I’m not sure what the remake is going for). Hit the jump to find out who’s joining the high-school band of fighters known as “The Wolverines”
According to Entertainment Weekly, here are the four actors who have joined the project:
- Josh Hutcherson (“Journey to the Center of the Earth”) will play Robert Morris (originally played by C. Thomas Howell), the procurer of ammo and “true fighter” of the group.
- Isabel Lucas (“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”) will play Erica Mason (originally played by Lea Thompson) Toni’s sister and re-incarnated as the head cheerleader and Matt’s girlfriend. When she ends up in an internment camp, “freeing her becomes Matt’s dangerous obsession” for if the post-apocalyptic wasteland has no head cheerleaders, then there’s truly no reason to fight on.
- Edwin Hodge (the Fox series “Mental”) will play Danny (originally played by Brad Savage) who has transformed from the youngest and wimpiest member of the group to the cool kid/star wide-receiver/Matt’s best friend who not only helps the group survive the invasion but also start the resistance.
- Connor Cruise (“Seven Pounds”) will play Daryl Bates (originally played by Darren Dalton) who is no longer the slimy son of the Mayor who wants everyone to give up the fight, but is now the youngest of the group and Robert’s best friend who eventually rises to meet the challenge (read: he gets himself killed trying to protect/save Robert).
If you note one thing from all this, it’s not the casting of who’s playing the roles as much as the roles have changed. Two of the characters have gone from untrustworthy comrades to out-and-out heroes so where does the conflict come in? Is just inherent in the story or are they softening up the flick? Only time (and marketing) will tell.
“Red Dawn” hits theatres on September 24th, 2010.