By Nicole Sperling
Updated September 14, 2009 at 04:27 AM EDT

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, last seen as The Comedian in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, will be returning to the action genre in MGM’s remake of Red Dawn. He is in final negotiations to portray Lt. Andrew Tanner, the role played in the original by Powers Boothe. However, whereas in the original Boothe played a fighter pilot shot down behind enemy lines, in the remake Morgan’s Tanner will be a special forces leader, operating behind enemy lines. Production on the film starring Chris Hemsworth and Josh Peck as the leaders of a group of teenagers who band together to fight back against an invasion by Chinese and Russian soldiers has already begun in Michigan. It will open next September. Morgan is currently filming The Losers for Warner Bros.

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