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It looks like we’ll be seeing a female President in the White House, in movie terms at least. Word from Hollywood is that actress Sela Ward is set to take on the role of Commander in Chief in Roland Emmerich’s long-awaited sequel, Independence Day 2.
Ward, who featured in Emmerich’s 2004 disaster film The Day After Tomorrow, joins a cast that includes the returning Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner and Bill Pullman, as well as new recruits Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac), Maika Monroe (It Follows), Joey King (Wish I Was Here) and Jessie Usher (When The Game Stands Tall).
Set for a May production start, Independence Day 2 is released on June 24th, 2016.
- Scott J. Davis
The story this time around reportedly sees the nations of Earth collaborate using recovered alien technology to develop a defense program to protect the planet from invading aliens.
Ward previously worked with Emmerich on "The Day After Tomorrow" and was last seen on screen last year in David Fincher's "Gone Girl". Ward joins a cast that includes Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Liam Hemsworth and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
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- Garth Franklin
As the world readies itself for a potential woman U.S. president in 2016, “Independence Day” is one step ahead. Sela Ward has been cast and will play the president in the Roland Emmerich sequel, which will conveniently be released right before the next presidential election. New cast members include Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Travis Tope, Joey King and Charlotte Gainsbourg, while returning cast members from the beloved original include Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox and Judd Hirsch. Will Smith is not expected to return for the long-gestating sequel. Also Read: 21 Movie Sequels That Took Forever to. »
- Linda Ge
Ward will be starring in the sequel with Bill Pullman, who played President Thomas Whitmore in the original 1996 blockbuster.
Independence Day 2's plot has been kept under wraps thus far, with the only confirmed detail being that an alien horde once again tries to invade earth.
Jeff Goldblum and Judd Hirsch are confirmed to be reprising their roles as environmentalist David Levinson and his curmudgeonly father Julius, while Vivica A Fox and Brent Spiner are also back from the first movie.
Vivica A. Fox, Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe and Charlotte Gainsbourg have also been cast in the sequel, which 20th Century Fox has dated for June 24, 2016 — nearly 20 years after the original was released. Bill Pullman, who played President Thomas J. Whitmore in the original, is returning for the sequel.
- Dave McNary
Sela Ward has signed on to star in 20th Century Fox's upcoming sequel Independence Day 2, playing the current President of the United States. No further details were given for her character, President Lanford, at this time. In the original 1996 classic Independence Day, Bill Pullman starred as the Commander-in-Chief, President Thomas J. Whitmore.
Bill Pullman will be reprising his role as Whitmore for the sequel, along with fellow Independence Day stars Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson), Vivica A. Fox (Jasmine Dubrow), Judd Hirsch (Julius Levinson) and Brent Spiner (Dr. Brakish Okun). New cast members include Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Travis Tope, Joey King and Maika Monroe. No plot details have been confirmed, except that the story will take place 20 years after the events of the original Independence Day.
We may be buzzing about the possibility of a different woman in the White House by the time Independence Day 2 opens in 2016, but for now, the Roland Emmerich-directed sequel has just added Sela Ward to its cast in the key role of President Lanford.
Ward, known best for her role on CSI: NY, has a history with Emmerich – they last worked together on The Day After Tomorrow, which stands as one of the helmer’s biggest hits. Though Ward has done more work on the small screen since playing Dr. Lucy Hall in that disaster extravaganza, she last appeared as Sharon Schieber in David Fincher’s Gone Girl.
She joins a cast that includes some familiar faces, like Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Vivica A. Fox, all of whom starred in Independence Day way back in 1996, as well as newcomers to the franchise like Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games »
- Isaac Feldberg
Ward -- last seen on the big screen in "Gone Girl" -- will fill in for Bill Pullman, who played scene-stealing President Thomas Whitmore in the 1996 original flick. Pullman will return as the retired Whitmore for the follow-up, directed once again by Roland Emmerich.
In addition to Ward, fellow fresh faces joining the cast include "Hunger Games" star Liam Hemsworth (playing Whitmore's son-in-law), Jessie Usher (playing a grown-up version of Will Smith's stepson from the first flick), Charlotte Gainsbourg ("Nymphomaniac"), and Joey King ("Wish I Was Here"). Returnees from the original include Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, and Vivica A. Fox.
We can't wait to see Ward take her place in the Oval Office. Here's hoping »
- Katie Roberts
Independence Day had Bill Pullman’s President Thomas J. Whitmore around to rally humanity and fight the aliens. But unless the universe in which the film takes place has very different rules governing Us presidents, he can’t still be the leader of the free world 20 years later. And indeed it’s true – Sela Ward will be President Lanford in Independence Day 2.She’ll be the White House incumbent – we assume the place has been rebuilt since the original attack – for the story of Earth having to fend off the next wave of extra-terrestrial invasion attempts. Ward is one of the new faces for the franchise, joining the likes of Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Travis Tope and Joey King, alongside returning cast members Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch and Brent Spiner.Emmerich has been developing this one for a while now, working »
The sequel to Independence Day, still tentatively titled ID Forever, has added another new face to the cast. The latest addition is veteran actress Sela Ward who joins the scifi flick as the new President of the United States. She joins a growing roster of talent that includes the recently cast Maika Monroe, Liam Hemsworth, Joey King, Charlotte Gainsbourg , Travis Tope, and Jessie Usher. The film will also see the return of Independence Day President Bill Pullman who clearly will no longer »
- Alex Maidy
Ten films in today's MPAA ratings bulletin and ten R-ratings beginning with Todd Haynes' Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, which will be heading to Cannes before hitting theaters later this year, most likely late as I expect the Weinsteins to milk this one, especially if it plays well on the Croisette. We also have Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2, which, unsurprisingly, received and R-rating, alongside a slew of smaller features including Results starring Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders; Samba starring Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg and Robert Duvall's Wild Horses, which Duvall directed and stars in alongside James Franco, Josh Hartnett, Luciana Duvall, Adriana Barraza and Jim Parrack. Check out the complete bulletin below. Carol Rated R For a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language. Release Date: TB 2015 In The Courtyard Rated R For drug use and language. Last Shift Rated R For bloody horror violence, »
- Brad Brevet
What I love about the Riviera Maya Film Festival is its indifference to playing it safe. Like spring break for cinephiles, this exotic festival tucked along the Yucatan Peninsula in Quintana Roo brought a challenging loot of films to Mexico, where the public may never see them again. That's because exhibitors in the region are more invested in keeping theaters running by screening fast-food movies for audiences. But under artistic director Paula Chaurand and her hard-working team, Riviera Maya offers more daring international fare, such as Asia Argento's opening night film "Misunderstood," a troubling family drama with less-than-sympathetic characters (many of them female) that remains at large on the Us distribution market. Even after premiering at Cannes in 2015, no one has taken a bite off this risky film — starring starring Giulia Salerno as the rebellious daughter of a very selfish mother (Charlotte Gainsbourg) in the 1980s — from a risk-taking woman director. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
It Follows' Maika Monroe will go from evading supernatural entities to dodging vengeful aliens. Also included in our latest round-up are two new promo teasers for The Strain Season 2 and details on 20th Century Fox releasing new videos for Poltergeist via the "My Idol" app.
Independence Day 2: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Maika Monroe (It Follows, The Guest) will play a lead role in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2. She could be playing Patricia Whitmore, the daughter of Thomas J. Whitmore (the President of the United States in 1996's Independence Day), a role originally played by Mae Whitman.
Monroe joins a cast that includes Liam Hemsworth (whose character is set to have a romantic relationship with Monroe's character), Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jessie Usher, as well as Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch reprising their roles from the first film.
Independence Day 2 is slated to »
- Derek Anderson
Having established her acting credentials through The Guest and acclaimed indie horror title It Follows, Maika Monroe looks set to hit the blockbuster stratosphere as she has now secured a place in Independence Day 2.
News comes via the horse’s mouth itself, with the sequel’s director Roland Emmerich confirming the casting tidbit via Twitter.
— Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) April 27, 2015
While the filmmaker didn’t divulge the specifics of her role, The Hollywood Reporter writes that Monroe has been cast as ID2‘s female lead, slipping into the shoes of the president’s daughter and, just for good measure, Liam Hemsworth’s potential love interest.
At 21 years of age, Monroe is fast becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest up-and-comers, and after wrangling with otherworldly forces in last year’s atypical horror, »
- Michael Briers
I had a good feeling we’d be seeing more of Maika Monroe after she appeared in Ramin Bahrani’s At Any Price, but the success of It Follows likely locked in a promising career for the pro kiteboarder-turned-actress. Just weeks after It Follows scored over $160,000 in one weekend in just four theaters and earned itself a wide release, Monroe has been cast in the highly anticipated sequel to Independence Day. [caption id="attachment_341404" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Picturehouse[/caption] Director Roland Emmerich made the announcement on Twitter, but THR also chimed in with a few more details. Apparently Monroe will be the female lead in the film, Liam Hemsworth’s character’s love interest and President Thomas J. Whitmore’s (Bill Pullman) daughter, Patricia Whitmore. Admittedly, I am a bit disappointed that Mae Whitman isn’t returning to take the role, especially when she grew up to be a talented actress, but there’s »
- Perri Nemiroff
Roland Emmerich's return to epic monument destruction with Independence Day 2 already has quite a cast, with Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Jessie Usher, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch, Joey King, Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Travis Tope all signed onto the long awaited sequel. Now, the cast grows by one, with The Guest and It Follow's Maika Monroe in an unspecified role. Monroe has shown a lot of talent and promise on the indie scene, so it's good to see she's making the jump to the mainstream. Absolutely nothing is known about what the sequel has in store for us, but with the sequel currently shooting, we'll no doubt hear more in the coming weeks and months. Independence Day 2 is set for release June 24th 2016, almost twenty years after the original. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
With a penchant for the otherworldly, It Follows star Maika Monroe has landed the female lead in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 21-year-old actress joins newbies Charlotte Gainsbourg, Liam Hemsworth, and Jessie Usher, and vets Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, and Bill Pullman. Monroe will reportedly play the president's daughter. Oh, and Hemsworth's love interest. Spicy — as long as she's not being followed. (Yes, we're still having nightmares.) »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Independence Day 2 already has quite a cast in place. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are leading the returnees, whilst Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vivica A Fox, Judd Hirsch and - yes! - Brent Spiner have signed up over the past weeks as well.
And now Emmerich has confirmed another addition to the Independence Day 2 line-up. That'd be Maika Monroe, star of this year's brilliant It Follows, and last year's also excellent The Guest. Her role in the movie hasn't been disclosed, but Emmerich confirmed her casting on his Twitter account.
Independence Day 2 is set for release on June 24th 2016, and production is set to begin in May. We shall keep you posted. »
She dealt with psycho visitor (and Empire spirit animal) Dan Stevens in The Guest and was menaced by a nasty, sexually-transmitted demon in It Follows. Now Maika Monroe has agreed to her biggest challenge yet, as Roland Emmerich announces she’s part of the cast for Independence Day 2. I have another addition to announce. The beautiful & talented Maika Monroe is officially signed on 2 the Independence Day Sequel!— Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) April 27, 2015Monroe joins an already loaded ensemble that blends veterans from the 1996 film, including Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner and Judd Hirsch, with newcomers to the franchise Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Travis Tope and Joey King.Monroe's role is currently being kept quiet, although it’s possible she will be the grown daughter of Pullman’s former president Thomas J. Whitmore, a part played in the original by Mae Whitman. Yet we could see Whitman being brought back, »
It Follows is probably one of our favourite, and indeed one of the most original movies of 2015 so far, and news reaches us today that its lead actress, Maika Monroe, has joined the cast of Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day sequel.
Emmerich himself announced the casting news via Twitter earlier on, but didn’t elaborate of the character that the young actress would be playing in the sequel, which is housed over at 20th Century Fox.
— Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) April 27, 2015
Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vivica A. Fox, Travis Tope, Joey King, Judd Hirsch and Brent Spiner are all signed on for the sequel which goes before the cameras later this year for a 2016 release.
The 1996 original headed by then relative newcomer Will Smith (who does »
- Paul Heath
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