Peck and Palicki Join Red Dawn Remake

Okay, so by now you probably already know that Chris Hemsworth, the latest member of the Australian Invasion Force is primed to not only to play the lead in “Thor”, but also the lead in the “Red Dawn” remake, taking over the role originally played by Patrick Swayze. In the remake, Hemsworth’s character Jed Eckhert will be an Iraqi War vet and Marine who is on leave when the invasion by the Chinese and Russians begin. So who else is in the remake? Read on.

These casting news comes courtesy of EW, who tells us that the Charlie Sheen role, Matt Eckhert, brother of Jed, will be played by Josh Peck. If you don’t know the name, then you don’t watch Nickelodeon. I have nephews who watch the channel religiously, and so I know Peck from his days on Nickelodeon’s “Drake and Josh” show, where Peck played the fat schlubby brother to Drake’s skinny “everyone loves him cause he’s handsome” character. Matt is the high school star quarterback in the remake. Yup, Josh is all grown up and no longer the fat brother.

The Jennifer Grey role, Toni Mason, will now be played by Friday Night Lights’ Adrianne Palicki (below). The character will also be a love interest for Marine Jed Eckhert. Still uncast — Erica the Asian-American cheerleader and Danny the African-American star running back.

Former stunt coordinator and second-unit director Dan Bradley will be making his directorial debut from a script by Carl Ellsworth. The duo are envisioning the remake as a gritty, realistic war movie, something Bradley is probably used to, having previously worked on “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Quantum of Solace”. Well, okay, as realistic as you can get with Chinese and Russians invading the U.S., I guess.