Anybody who is watching "Watchmen" actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan's career will surely tell you the same thing -- the man's keeping busy. Already filming "The Losers" and hoping for a role in "Lobo," Morgan will soon sign on the dotted line for yet another well-known franchise.
According to Variety, Morgan is nearly set to star in "Red Dawn," the modern update of the 1984 classic. The new version is directed by Dan Bradley from a screenplay by Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore.
The new "Red Dawn" focuses on a group of teenagers that form a guerrilla resistance against Chinese and Russian soldiers that have invaded the United States. Morgan is set to play the leader of a U.S. Special Forces team that discovers the teenage freedom fighters.
Aside from Morgan, "Red Dawn" stars "Star Trek" actor Chris Hemsworth and "The Wackness" lead Josh Peck as Jed and Matt Eckert, the two brothers previously played by Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen in the first film. The on-screen collision of Hemsworth and Morgan represents a clash of different comic book properties -- Hemsworth is starring in "Thor" for Marvel, while Morgan's already featured in the aforementioned "Watchmen" and "The Losers."
Personally, I kind of wish that Morgan was playing Jed and Matt's father, a role that "Lost" actor Brett Cullen is allegedly playing. Morgan's portrayed the rough-and-tough type before, so his turn as a Special Forces commando feels a bit typecast in my opinion.
Then again, he's played the fatherly type on "Supernatural" and "Weeds," as well. I guess I just want to hear Morgan shout "Avenge me!!!" when "Red Dawn" hits theaters next year. Is that so wrong?
Does Morgan's casting make you more interested in "Red Dawn," or would you rather him play a different character in the film? Are you nervous at the prospect of the remake? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!