SDCC: Adrianne Palicki on playing a Wolverine in Red Dawn

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

In 1984, America had grown up a little from the Red Scare of the '50s and '60s: We'd mostly stopped blacklisting suspected Communists and making atomic monster movies as thinly veiled metaphors, but the Cold War was still in full effect. Along came Red Dawn, a film about high schoolers fighting off a Russian invasion, playing into a lot of those fears.

Everything's totally different now: We're afraid of completely different potential invaders, Red Dawn remake star Adrianne Palicki said in a group interview at Comic-Con in San Diego over the weekend.

"Well, obviously the bad guy's different," Palicki said while promoting the upcoming supernatural movie Legion. "It's not the Soviet Union. Ultimately, I think there's a lot of fear still right now. There's a lot of fear, so it's definitely played into."

John Milius' original movie was controversial for more than just its alternate political history. It was the first PG-13 rated film, setting a record for film violence. "It's going to be another controversial film," Palicki teased about the remake. "I can't say too much about it yet."

While the remake will be updated, Palicki confirmed that it will still recapture famous scenes from the original. Particularly, she gets to emerge from a camouflage position on the ground firing machine guns at the attackers.

"Yes, and we are the Wolverines, so I get to shout that," Palicki said, referring to the high school mascot adopted by the rebels.

Palicki plays Toni and pays complete homage to her predecessor. "It's Jennifer Grey's role originally," Palicki said. "It's a lot of the same characters. It's just more character-driven. Tony Gilroy has come on to do the rewrites, and Dan Bradley, who was second unit on all the Bourne movies and Spider-Man, is going to be the director. It's for MGM. It's really fun."

Red Dawn begins shooting in August for a planned release in September 2010.