Connor Cruise’s First Major Film Role
Tom Cruise’s son gears up for his first major acting role in Dan Bradley’s remake of the 80s action movie Red Dawn.
17-year-old, Connor Cruise, adopted by Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman before their 2001 separation, will play Daryl Bates, part of a teen rebel group called the “Wolverines,” who defend their town against North Korean soldiers.
The original film, now an 80s classic, featured a young Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen fighting against Soviet invaders.
Director Dan Bradley tells Bang Showbiz of Connor:
“Connor is a really cool kid. When you look at his upbringing and how it’s been different than so many people, he is very well-rounded, grounded, extremely smart, physically – just great at all sports.”
“You can see where he gets that from – his dad. Connor, like me, loved the action stuff,” Bradley continues. “Any time there were explosions or gunfire or whatever, he and I were two of the most excited people on the set. That was pretty cool, to have somebody that shared my enthusiasm for explosions.”
The young Cruise made his film debut in the 2008 movie Seven Pounds where he played a young Will Smith.
in a 2008 interview, Cruise said he’s very proud of Connor, but was careful not to pressure him.
“Who knows what he’s going to do?” Cruise said. “He’s grown up on (acting). I’ve always had my kids there, in hair and makeup, just always around the sets. They’ve worked on sets.”
Now, following in his father’s footsteps, we’ll get to see him take on an action-packed role alongside Australian actor Chris Hemsworth and Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson. Red Dawn was filmed in 2009 but held up in post-production due to MGM’s financial difficulties. The movie will finally reach theaters on November 21.
Check out the trailer for Red Dawn below