Josh Peck and Adrianne Palicki have been cast in MGM/UA’s remake of Red Dawn, set to begin filming in September.
They join the already cast Chris Hemsworth (upcoming Thor, Star Trek) in the story of a group of teenagers who form an impromptu insurgency when 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 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 the brothers encounter 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 project based on the 1984 Cold War-era film co-written and directed by John Milius. Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore wrote the updated screenplay.
The film is scheduled for a September 24, 2010 release.