Lucas, Hodge, Cruise Join “Dawn” Remake

Connor Cruise (“Seven Pounds”), Edwin Hodge (“Mental”), Josh Hutcherson (“Journey to the Center of the Earth”) and Isabel Lucas (“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”) have joined the cast of the remake of “Red Dawn” for MGM Pictures says Entertainment Weekly.

The original 1984 John Milius-directed action drama sets up the Cold War scenario of a US invaded by Soviet and Cuban troops. A bunch of Colorado high school students decide to wage their own guerrilla warfare against the invaders. 80’s icons like Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey, Lea Thompson and C. Thomas Howell played the various roles.

In the new version Hutcherson plays the geeky communications specialist Robert, Cruise plays his best friend and the son of the mayor, Hodge is the ‘cool kid’ football jock of the school, and Lucas plays the school’s head cheerleader who is put into an internment camp. The quartet join the already cast Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck and Adrianne Palicki.

Funnily enough both Hemsworth and Lucas (pictured above) scored their start together in 2004 on Aussie TV soap “Home and Away” and became romantically involved between 2005 and 2006. Both subsequently relocated to the States and scored small but key roles in Paramount’s two biggest hits of this Summer – he as Captain Kirk’s father in “Star Trek”, she as the blond seductive humanoid robot that tries to seduce Shia LaBeouf in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”.

Dan Bradley helms the remake which is scheduled for release September 24th 2010.