The Red Dawn remake has been sitting on the shelf for so long that many likely forgot it even exists (if they ever knew in the first place). It’ll be odd to see the general public react to the (mistaken) idea that Thor/Avengers star Chris Hemsworth and Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson used their newfound fame to team up for a remake of a Patrick Swayze war drama conceived during the Cold War era. But I digress.

Today we have some of the first official images from Red Dawn (2012), and they show the aforementioned young faces – now world famous stars – front and center in the midst of battle.

Check out the images below:

For those too young to remember (or generally unfamiliar), Red Dawn (1984) told the story of high school teens living in a small Colorado town, who look up in the sky one faithful day to see the horizon blotted with Soviet paratroopers. The invading forces attack fast and hard, locking down the town in martial law before anybody can oppose them. With their parents and guardians all trapped in internment camps (or worse), a group of teens (led by Swayze’s character, Jed Eckert) abscond into the woods and form a rebel group called “The Wolverines,” their high school mascot.

Naturally, the whole “Soviet forces” threat has been updated for the remake; the new Wolverines will face the threat of a North Korean strike force – which itself has become something of a diluted threat, what with the recent death of Kim Jong Il (though there is surely  a worthy despot just waiting to outshine him). In any event, the new teenage paramilitary insurgency will be led by Hemsworth, Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki (G.I. Joe 2), Josh Peck (ATM), Isabel Lucas (Transformers 2) and Tom Cruise’s adopted son, Connor Cruise. A helping hand will come from Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Possession), who will play a military officer who comes to aid the Wolverines.

The Original Wolverines

Red Dawn could prove to have been worth the wait; stunt coordinator Dan Bradley will be making his directorial debut, but his resume (Bourne 2, 3 & 4; Spider-Man 2 & 3) speaks of a man who knows how to create compelling action onscreen. If there is one area that  this remake could stand to improve in, it’s the action. The original was thrilling for its time, but today’s audiences are going to expect something much more frenetic and visceral. Bradley could be the man to deliver just that. It also won’t hurt having a cast of young leads who have, for the most part, proven themselves as worthy actors in both the dramatic and action departments.

On the other hand, Red Dawn could ultimately become the example which proves that not everything can be recycled (and re-recycled) by Hollywood; some ideas inevitably get mitigated by he passing of time and the changing of circumstance.

Red Dawn will finally be in theaters on November 21, 2012.

Source: USA Today