Peck and Palicki Join Red Dawn Remake

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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.

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  • Charles

    You said African american and asain american? I remeber the charcter but not like that. Why would they screw it uo like that? I mean a remake is bad enough but it would be cool to see it more modern i guess but to change charectors…..

  • Charles

    You said African american and asain american? I remeber the charcter but not like that. Why would they screw it uo like that? I mean a remake is bad enough but it would be cool to see it more modern i guess but to change charectors…..

  • Jeffe!

    They are filming this in our town right now in Michigan.. 30 min north of detroit.

  • Jeffe!

    They are filming this in our town right now in Michigan.. 30 min north of detroit.

  • Jed

    Jed here, just want to let yall know that when they filmed the original movie, they trained the kids out in the wild, in the same hills where they shot the movie. The kids had months of camping, combat training, and working together as a team. Can you see that happening with this one?

  • Jed

    Jed here, just want to let yall know that when they filmed the original movie, they trained the kids out in the wild, in the same hills where they shot the movie. The kids had months of camping, combat training, and working together as a team. Can you see that happening with this one?

  • James

    No one support the film by not going to watch it at the movie theaters! Make this shitty director, who has to make his debut with a remake, go broke! Screw him and all the other foolish and greedy enough to make easy money ripping off original movies. Stop ripping off the originals, Hollywood! There is a limit to how much people can take your crap!

  • James

    No one support the film by not going to watch it at the movie theaters! Make this shitty director, who has to make his debut with a remake, go broke! Screw him and all the other foolish and greedy enough to make easy money ripping off original movies. Stop ripping off the originals, Hollywood! There is a limit to how much people can take your crap!

  • Todd

    Everyone that has blogged on here is right. The PC is way over the top. I guess Hollywood feels that if they don’t make the film multi-racial, it won’t receive the viewing support they want from the “minority” groups of America. I also agree that what made the original movie was the fact that “regular” everyday people had to unite for a common cause. As a 12 year Army veteran with 5 years of combat time, I would have to say that outside of a few ex-military banding together and running interdiction raids to soften the spirits of the enemy, America neither has the ability to reconcle their differences long enough to for a lasting difference against an organized state sponsored milita. 9-11 was a prime example of America’s bonding. 12 months later, no one’s flying flags or displaying American pride. Don’t think for a moment that the enemy doesn’t know how to soften America. Unlike the enemy, a large majority of our youth today has no patriotic duty to serve this nations armed forces, nor would they give their lives in the face of adversity. China and Russia shaking hands to attack US soil? HIGHLY unlikely. Honestly, I don’t think China would ever extend itself to invade another continent without complete control of Aisa and Europe first. Russia and the Middle East would give China a run for their money. And since China is a major industrial superpower, the United States would join the coilition against China. I almost feel that a scenario as portrayed in the TV series “Jerico” would be mote realistic.

  • Todd

    Everyone that has blogged on here is right. The PC is way over the top. I guess Hollywood feels that if they don’t make the film multi-racial, it won’t receive the viewing support they want from the “minority” groups of America. I also agree that what made the original movie was the fact that “regular” everyday people had to unite for a common cause. As a 12 year Army veteran with 5 years of combat time, I would have to say that outside of a few ex-military banding together and running interdiction raids to soften the spirits of the enemy, America neither has the ability to reconcle their differences long enough to for a lasting difference against an organized state sponsored milita. 9-11 was a prime example of America’s bonding. 12 months later, no one’s flying flags or displaying American pride. Don’t think for a moment that the enemy doesn’t know how to soften America. Unlike the enemy, a large majority of our youth today has no patriotic duty to serve this nations armed forces, nor would they give their lives in the face of adversity. China and Russia shaking hands to attack US soil? HIGHLY unlikely. Honestly, I don’t think China would ever extend itself to invade another continent without complete control of Aisa and Europe first. Russia and the Middle East would give China a run for their money. And since China is a major industrial superpower, the United States would join the coilition against China. I almost feel that a scenario as portrayed in the TV series “Jerico” would be mote realistic.