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Connor Cruise: Bitten By Acting Bug & In ‘Red Dawn’ Reboot

August 11, 2009

Well, they are going to do it. I was hoping there were some films of the 80’s that were safe from being remade or from getting a reboot.

I am totally against films that are classics getting a reboot.  I can’t stand it and it’s tough to budge me on the issue.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with retrospectives.  I do like prequels and sequels but remaking an entire film just because you can is not reason enought to do it.

So, as the remake of Red Dawn comes to the spotlight, so does the once seemingly quiet son of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

Connor Cruise is the next generation of young actors to make his way into the spotlight as a legit actor from legendary acting parents.

Connor Cruise with dad, Tom Cruise

Connor Cruise with dad, Tom Cruise

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Tom Cruise’s son is among the newest Wolverines to join the remake of “Red Dawn,” the 1984 action movie about a group of teenagers who form an insurgency when their town is invaded — this time by Chinese and Russian soldiers.

Connor Cruise, 14, will join fellow new recruits Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas and Edwin Hodge in the MGM/UA project. Already cast are Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck and Adrianne Palicki.

Cruise is playing Daryl, the mayor’s son and best friend of tech geek Robert (Hutcherson, in the role originated by C. Thomas Howell).

Lucas is Erica, head cheerleader and the Peck character’s girlfriend whom he desperately hopes to spring from an internment camp. Lea Thompson played the character in the original. Hodge will play Danny, the coolest kid in school and star wide receiver who helps establish the resistance.

The young cast heads off in a few weeks for military training in an undisclosed location. Shooting will then begin in Detroit for a September 24, 2010 release. Dan Bradley is directing.


1984 Red Dawn Sheet

1984 Red Dawn Sheet

The original Red Dawn was an  ensemble of some of the best young actors of the time, including Patrick Swayze.

Patrick Swayze
Charlie Sheen
Lea Thompson
Jennifer Grey
C. Thomas Howell
Brad Savage
Darren Dalton

The film did not hold back.  It placed average teens in very extreme situations.  I hope the Hollywood machine doesn’t water this down for a video game and a playful and lightweight PG-13 rating.  I guess, I can dream….


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