"Red Dawn" remake adds two to cast

Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:48am EDT
 
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By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The Wolverines are gathering.

Josh Peck and Adrianne Palicki have been cast in the remake of 1984's "Red Dawn," set to begin filming in September. They join the already cast Chris Hemsworth in the story of a group of teenagers who form an insurgency after their town is invaded by Chinese and Russian soldiers.

Peck will play Matt Eckert -- the role originated by Charlie Sheen -- the hotheaded younger brother of Hemsworth's Jed Eckert (originally played by Patrick Swayze) and star quarterback of their Spokane high school football team. Palicki will play Toni, the role first inhabited by Jennifer Grey. She's a tough fighter who develops romantic feelings for Jed, a Marine home on leave and the group's unofficial leader.

Dan Bradley, a stunt coordinator and second-unit director on "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "Quantum of Solace," will direct the revamp of the Cold War-era film co-written and directed by John Milius. Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore wrote the updated screenplay.

The MGM/United Artists film is scheduled to hit theaters September 24, 2010.

Peck's recent screen credits include roles in "The Wackness," "Drillbit Taylor" and "What Goes Up." He reprises his voice-cast work as Eddie in the animated sequel "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," which will be released July 1.

Palicki co-stars on the series "Friday Night Lights" and will appear next year in the big-screen thriller "Legion."

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)