The Red Dawn Remake: Good News! (Not Really)

August 13th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

More Red Dawn remake news:

We’ve learned via Angry Asian Man that 1) the updated story, where a small midwestern American town is invaded (this time) by the Chinese, is xenophobic, as feared, but 2) all of this is made up for by the presence in the script of a certain Erica Yu, “17 year-old knockout Asian-American captain of the cheerleading squad,” who becomes a member of the Wolverines resistance.

Or is it?

Because as of this week, that character–who was “Erica Mason” in the original and played by Lea Thompson–has already been cast, according to Entertainment Weekly, and the Australian actress playing her, Isabel Lucas, is decidedly not Asian.

Then again, EW‘s description of what happens to Erica in the movie–“(a)fter the invasion she is incarcerated in an internment camp” (did someone say internment?!)–well, that makes her sound Asian at least.

Maybe they can slap some yellow face paint and chinky eye-makeup on the girl to complete the picture.


Meanwhile, check out actor Roger Fan’s post about his refusal to play all of the Chinese villain parts at the studio table-read of the remake script over at the delightfully-named, You Offend Me You Offend My Family.

[AAM: Chinese Invaders! First Look at the Red Dawn Remake Script]
[Latino Review: Exclusive: First Look At the Red Dawn Reboot!]


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