Connor is cruising to movie stardom

The 14 year old, who was adopted by his parents, along with his sister Isabella, first proved his acting skills with a role opposite Will Smith in 2008 film Seven Pounds.

And now he is on course for more box office success – he has been signed up to star in a new version of 1984 action film Red Dawn, playing the youngest in a group of high school students who wage war against foreign invaders.

Cruise joins Australian stars Jed Eckert and Isabel Lucas in the project, which is due to start filming in Detroit, Michigan, next month (Sep09) and slated to hit cinemas in 2010, according to the Hollywood Reporter.