Tomorrow When the War Began’s Invaders Will be Asians

We already told you about China’s not-so positive reaction to being villains in the upcoming “Red Dawn” remake, which posits China and Russia tag-teaming an invasion of U.S. soil. But there’s one movie that didn’t show up in the article that the Chinese (and other sensitive Asian nations) may end up having a problem with, too: the Australian-based, Australian-set, and Australian-made “Tomorrow, When the War Began”.

Although the original books by writer John Marsden never gave the invaders in the story an identity or indeed country of origin, the movie will be forced to do so, since, well, you’ll actually have to see the invaders, after all, and it’ll be kind of silly to have them look like some rainbow coalition.

According to writer/director Stuart Beattie (via DH), there’s just no way around it, and while he won’t name the country of origin, the race will be obvious:

“I don’t want to be a hater of any country – and I don’t want the movie to be about that. If I named a country, it wouldn’t be that book; it would be something else entirely. What the book and the movie are about is these eight teenagers and what happens to them when their country is invaded, not who’s doing it or why.

The ethnicity just makes common sense. If anyone is going to invade Australia, it’s not going to be Europe, and it’s not going to be Africa. It won’t be Antarctica or New Zealand. It’s going to be someone in Asia. It’s the logical thing. It’s common sense enough for an audience to say ‘ok, that’s who it would be’.”.

Of course, Stuart is hoping that “common sense” will save the day. As we all know by now, political correctness is far more powerful than some silly ol notion of common sense, especially in Hollywood, or any movie industry for that matter.

See, it’s so much easier to just make your invaders aliens. No one cares about little green men being vilified.

“Tomorrow, When the War Began”, starring Caitlin Stasey as teen guerrilla fighter Ellie Linton, invades Australian theaters September 2. This is the first of a planned trilogy, but of course, that will depend entirely on the film’s box office returns.