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After playing Commander Thread in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Patrick St. Esprit has been cast as the Secretary of Defense alongside Sela Ward’s President in “Independence Day 2,” TheWrap has learned. Roland Emmerich is directing the sequel for 20th Century Fox, which will release the action-packed blockbuster on June 24, 2016. Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe and Jessie Usher star along fellow franchise newcomers Travis Tope, Joey King, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lance Lim and Mckenna Grace, while returning cast members from the original include Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox and Judd Hirsch. Also Read: 'It Follows' Star Maika Monroe Joins Liam. »
- Jeff Sneider
The most recent piece of Independence Day 2 casting news kicked off an almighty social media storm, with Maika Monroe seemingly stepping into the role once played by Mae Whitman. But unless someone has a weird personal animus against eight-year-old actresses, Mckenna Grace’s addition to Roland Emmerich’s should pass by without causing the same tumult.The actress, a veteran of Disney’s live-action/puppetry show Crash & Bernstein, will slot in alongside fellow newbies Monroe and Liam Hemsworth and plays someone called Daisy. We don’t know what her character will be getting up to yet, but it’s highly unlikely she’ll be a fighter pilot.The remaining cast members are a mix of other fresh recruits (Jessie Usher, Travis Tope, Joey King, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lance Lim, Sela Ward) and veterans of the first film (Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch), hoping to fill the big Will Smith-shaped gap. »
Eight-year-old actress Mckenna Grace has been cast as Daisy in Roland Emmerich‘s “Independence Day 2,” an individual familiar with 20th Century Fox’s sequel has told TheWrap. New cast members include Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Jessie Usher, Travis Tope, Joey King, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lance Lim (“Growing Up Fisher”) and Sela Ward as the President, 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, which is scheduled for release on June 24, 2016. Also Read: 'It Follows' Star Maika Monroe Joins Liam Hemsworth. »
- Jeff Sneider
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
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
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.
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
What the actual fuck? @maebirdwing is talented as hell, and Just proved she can carry a film. Smh. https://t.co/Njrsb7Gb1Z
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) April 28, 2015
In her tweet, Kendrick pointed out that Whitman recently led the cast of The Duff, which opened to $10 million.
"Man. I love you to death kid," Whitman tweeted in reply.
Man. I love you to death kid. :,) https://t.co/q2hcMoO7cC
— alabama whitman (@maebirdwing) April 28, 2015
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)
Independence Day 2 now has its female lead.
Last week, Joey King informed fans that the sequel would begin shooting very soon, after posting a picture of herself at an airport with Emmerich and two of the film's producers.
Goldblum is reprising the role of environmentalist David Levinson for the sequel, but Smith will not be back.
She’s already run from an unstoppable killing machine in The Guest and a terrifying entity in It Follows, and now Maika Monroe is set to face off against aliens, as she’s officially joined the cast of Independence Day 2. Director Roland Emmerich announced the news himself via Twitter:
— Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) April 27, 2015
It has not yet been revealed what role Monroe will be playing in the long-gestating sequel to the 1996 blockbuster, though many sites are citing her as the female lead.
Monroe joins series newcomers Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Jessie Usher (Survivor’s Remorse), Charlote Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac), Travis Tope (The Town that Dreaded Sundown) and Joey King (Oz the Great and Powerful), as well as original stars Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch. »
- James Garcia
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, »
After being pursued by a terrifying entity in this year's indie horror hit It Follows, actress Maika Monroe will have to deal with aliens this time. Director Roland Emmerich again took to Twitter today to announce that the actress has landed a role in Independence Day 2. Monroe is one among a few new additions to the sequel who were not part of the original 1996 sci-fi blockbuster. Other new cast members include Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Jessie Usher, Charlote Gainsbourg, Travis Tope and Joey King. However, at this time, we really don't know what roles these new actors will be playing in the sequel. Here's the update from Roland Emmerich through his own Twitter account: 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, 2015 As for returning cast members, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner »
- Ethan Anderton
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
It has not been revealed what role Monroe will be playing in the follow-up which is expected to begin production shortly for a July 2016 release.
Source: Twitter »
- Garth Franklin
Maika Monroe, who starred in the acclaimed genre films “It Follows” and “The Guest,” has been cast as the female lead of “Independence Day 2,” it was announced Monday by director Roland Emmerich. New cast members include Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, 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. While Monroe’s role was not revealed as part of the announcement, she’ll likely be playing Pullman’s daughter and Hemsworth’s love interest. »
- Jeff Sneider
We may not have asked for it but Roland Emmerich's sequel to Independence Day is certainly pulling out all the stops when it comes to scooping up as many actors from the first film as it can; we've got Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner, Vivica Fox, and Judd Hirsch reprising their roles from the original film with ID4 newcomers Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Joey King joining them. Quite the ensemble and we're not done yet, Roland »
- Kevin Fraser
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