Four in training for 'Red Dawn' remake

9:00 PM PST 08/09/2009 by Jay A. Fernandez, AP

Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas among latest castings

Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise and Edwin Hodge are the newest Wolverines to join MGM/UA's "Red Dawn" remake.

They join Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck and Adrianne Palicki in the revamp of 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.

Hutcherson will play Robert, originated by C. Thomas Howell, and become the group's tech geek. 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.

Cruise is playing Daryl, the son of Spokane's mayor and Robert's best friend. And 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.

Dan Bradley is directing from a screenplay by Jeremy Passmore and Carl Ellsworth. Contrafilm's Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are producing. Vince Newman and Kevin Halloran are exec producing.

The film is scheduled to begin filming next month in Detroit for a Sept. 24, 2010 release.

Hutcherson, repped by ICM and Ric Beddingfield, starred in "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "Bridge to Terabithia."

Lucas, repped by UTA and Sharron Meissner in Australia, recently appeared in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

Cruise, the 14-year-old son of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, debuted in December as the young Will Smith character in "Seven Pounds."

Hodge, repped by Global Artists Agency and Luber Roklin Entertainment, has a recurring role on Fox's "Mental" and recently appeared in the feature "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane."
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