Connor Cruise’s First Major Role Follows In Tom’s Footsteps

John Stegeman - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:07 p.m. ET

Connor Cruise, adopted son of former acting super couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, has his first major role in a film, and it seems he’s taking after his dad.

Connor Cruise will play Darryl, a member of an armed resistance called the Wolverines in a new take on an old film, Red Dawn. The film is a remake of another by the same name from 1984 that starred Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey, and others. In the original, a group of high school students mount an armed resistance against Cuban and Soviet invaders in their Colorado town.

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In the new film — which will star Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Connor Cruise, Josh Hutcherson, and Isabel Lucas — the teens fight North Koreans who have invaded Washington state. The trailer depicts a traditional style invasion — planes and paratroopers — that come after an electromagnetic pulse knocks out power to at least part of the northeastern US.

The Daily Mail notes that Connor Cruise’s father made his name as a big time action movie start with such hits as Mission Impossible and Top Gun. In the trailer, Connor Cruise can be seen twice holding what appears to be a sniper rifle.

The Christian Post reported that Connor Cruise got his first acting role alongside Will Smith in the 2008 film Seven Pounds.

Not everyone is excited about the film being remade in the first place, however. While the original film certainly took its liberties with realism, The Atlantic points out no less than four factual inconsistencies in the new film, all based on just the two minute trailer.

Whether this will be a breakout role or a fall flop (the film is due out November 21) for Connor Cruise remains to be seen. Check out the trailer below and share your thoughts.

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