Wolverines! Chris Hemsworth nabs lead in 'Red Dawn'

Chris Hemsworth, the doomed elder Captain Kirk from Star Trek, has landed the starring role in the remake of Red Dawn (2010). The 25-year-old Australian, who’s currently shooting the MGM/UA thriller Cabin In the Woods with director Drew Goddard (Cloverfield), will reprise the role of Jed Eckert, the ringleader of a ragtag group of small-town teenagers battling back against invading Russians. Patrick Swayze played tough guy Jed in the 1984 original. Hemsworth will reportedly also star in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor.


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  • Anne

    For the love of God, how far is this trend of re-making movies going to go? Can NO ONE in Hollywood come up with an original idea anymore? In the last few months I’ve read about future re-makes of so many movies I can scarcely keep up, not to mention the ones that have already been made and released. I am in the so called “ideal” target demographic age group but I don’t want to watch tired retreads of movies I watched in the 80’s!!! My 15 year old son is even disgusted with this and he is mostly unfamiliar with the soon to be recycled concepts. Hollywood, WAKE UP PLEASE!!!!

  • karen

    We do not need a remake of Red Dawn.

  • Sara

    LEAVE RED DAWN ALONE!! Why is it impossible to come up with an original idea anymore? This will be as bad as the upcoming remake of The Karate Kid. If anyone ever tries to touch The Goonies I will blow a gasket.

  • Nick

    I hate remaking movies as much as the next guy, but you all must think from the movie makers perspective. Hmm, we could invest well over 60+ million dollars into a movie to make it, then add in advertising…for a movie that is completely a new idea and most certainly not a guarantee to make money back the money spent on it. Or we can reboot or remake a movie that has already been successful and perhaps with some tweaks make it a better movie. I am not saying it should be this way, but when you are dealing with such large sums of money you cant blame these people.

  • tvgirl17

    Okay, I liked that actor for the short time I saw him onscreen, but seriously?? A remake of RED DAWN? A story about Russians invading a small town that teens must fend off? Because that is totally relatable and timely. Is there no one out there with fresh ideas since they feel the need to remake Red Dawn?

  • heather

    Well, that reasoning of resurrecting past successful ideas just destroys everything good about the original. And from the executive’s perspective, it would make more sense if the movie had a cult following or some fan base but if it was just a popular movie at one point, remaking it is basically like re-releasing it with current actors. I guess it just drives me insane because execs squeeze every last penny out of ideas that were once sucessful to the point where the franchise/plot becomes a mere shadow of its former great self. They ride the sucessful ideas as long as they are lucrative, art be damned. I know at the end of the day it’s a business, but I just needed to vent about that…

  • DanOregon

    Next thing you know they’ll remake “Ice Castles.”

  • NARO%

    We get the Chinese to be the new Russians, and we have them ally with radical Islamist militants. The Chinese will use WAL-Mart as the “reprogramming” centers a la the original. Please try to cast Christopher Walken as Jeds new dad “Avenge me, Avenge me” this is a classic line and requires the acting vigor that only mister Walken can provide. Throw in some budding starlets the cheerleader from Hero’s (whats her name) shes got the high school thing down and could bring in a few more bucks basically playing the same character from her show (of course she cant die). I’d say get Clooney to play the pilot but he wouldnt touch this with a 10 ft pole (considering he was doing “the facts of life” back when the OG came out) so how about Bruce Willis (everybody’s favorite no non-sense working mans anti-terrorist all in one unit)?? Its a cameo and would really help with the billing, and his hero status is cemented with his death (finally). who says you cant redo Red Dawn…

  • Leslie

    Uh, guess he won’t be boldly going where no one has gone before.

  • Daryl

    I don’t see why this movie needed to be remade. Hollywood, how bout trying a novel idea,—–come up with something new!!! Wow, wouldn’t that be a fresh approach!

  • film4future

    While I’m very excited to see that Chris Hemsworth is getting some big roles, I’m not so excited about a Red Dawn remake. Really, what is the projected audience for that movie?! Chris’ll be great as Thor, though!

  • DG

    I’m not sure Red Dawn can be remade unless either the story is radically changed or it’s some kind of retro alternative reality.A better idea would be to substitute a radical Islamic or terror based alliance and set it in the future but that would be a whole different movie which might be a better idea.Crescent Dawn anyone?

  • Fred Garvin

    Look out Karate Kid remake, here’s another unnecessary movie!

  • Jenna Fawn

    NO, No, No. Please say they are not remaking this. I love this film as it is. The only thing it needs is a NEW and IMPROVED soundtrack(lets be honest, the synthasizer SUCKS). Is Russia still going to be the enemy? Seriously, is this needed or really wanted? Bad studio execs, bad, bad, bad. Did I mention BAD.

  • desko

    No more remakes please!
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