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A woman in the White House! Independence Day 2 casts female president

4 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Sela Ward will join returning cast members Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum in the sequel to the 1996 alien-invasion bloackbuster

Roland Emmerich’s upcoming sequel to Independence Day will be getting a female president in the shape of Sela Ward.

Ward is best known for big-screen roles in The Fugitive and Gone Girl, and small-screen turns in House and CSI:ny, and will be playing the character of President Lanford.

Related: Charlotte Gainsbourg returns to the end of the world for Independence Day 2

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Sela Ward Joins "Independence Day 2"

20 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sela Ward is set to play President Lanford, the current President of the United States, in Roland Emmerich's upcoming "Independence Day" sequel.

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.

The film is targeting a May start of filming date ahead of a June 24th 2016 release. Dean Devlin, James Vanderbilt, James A Woods, Nicolas Wright and Harald Kloser will produce.

Source: Deadline »

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Sela Ward to Play President in ‘Independence Day 2’

22 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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. »

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‘Independence Day 2′ Finds a New Potus in Sela Ward

22 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Independence Day‘s Thomas J. Whitmore is one of the most beloved U.S. Presidents in movie history. But even in a world nearly eviscerated by hostile alien forces, Potus isn’t a lifetime gig. So in Independence Day 2, the Oval Office will be taken over by Sela Ward. More on the new Independence Day 2 president after the jump.  Deadline […]

The post ‘Independence Day 2′ Finds a New Potus in Sela Ward appeared first on /Film. »

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Independence Day 2 casts its Us president: Sela Ward will lead earth against aliens

23 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actress Sela Ward will be the leader of the free world in Independence Day 2.

Ward – who is best known for her television work in House and CSI: NY - will play Us President Lanford in Roland Emmerich's sci-fi sequel.

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.

New additions to the Independence Day franchise will be The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth, Level Up's Jessie Usher and César Award winner Charlotte Gainsbourg. »

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'Independence Day 2' Casts Sela Ward as the President

4 May 2015 11:59 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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.

Roland Emmerich is directing from a screenplay by Carter Blanchard, with the director also producing alongside Dean Devlin and Harald Kloser. »

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Sela Ward To Rule Oval Office In Independence Day 2

4 May 2015 11:38 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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 »

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Sela Ward to Play U.S. President in 'Independence Day 2'

4 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The upcoming "Independence Day" sequel is getting a dose of girl power in the White House: Actress Sela Ward has been tapped to play the president of the United States in "Independence Day 2."

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 »

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Sela Ward Playing The Us President In Independence Day 2

4 May 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

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 »

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Sela Ward to play the new President in Independence Day 2

4 May 2015 7:57 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

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 »

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Mae Whitman not hot enough? 'Sexist' Hollywood under fire for recasting 'Independence Day' role in sequel

1 May 2015 11:08 AM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

In recent interviews, Kristen Stewart described the film industry as “disgustingly sexist”, while Carey Mulligan called it “massively sexist”. Now a new row has broken out over Hollywood’s treatment of women, after Fox recast a female role in the forthcoming sequel to Independence Day, replacing original actress Mae Whitman, leading some to speculate it may be because she did not conform to Hollywood’s standards of attractiveness. »

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Movie Review – Monsters: Dark Continent (2015)

30 April 2015 2:34 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Monsters: Dark Continent, 2015.

Directed by Tom Green.

Starring Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Kyle Soller, Nicholas Pinnock and Parker Sawyers.


Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.

Much like with Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd where certain members of the audience didn’t realise it was a musical (yeah…), there were reports of walk-outs during Gareth Edwards’ strange and subversive debut Monsters.  Not for explicit or offensive content, and no, not for being a musical; people walked for the simple fact that there just weren’t very many monsters in it.  Edwards famously shot the film on a shoe-string budget and »

- Edward Gardiner

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Hmm, Independence Day 2 Recast Mae Whitman’s Role

30 April 2015 12:32 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In the original Independence Day, a young Mae Whitman played the president's adorable (and ridiculously resilient, given what happened to her mom) daughter. Bill Pullman has already agreed to reprise his role as President Whitmore, and given that Whitmore's daughter is reportedly Liam Hemsworth's character's love interest in the film, most fans assumed that meant Whitman would return, too. But as a weary fighter pilot might say after punching out an alien, welcome to Hollywood: Fox has recast the role with It Follows star Maika Monroe for unknown reasons. (According to The Hollywood Reporter, actresses like Gabriella Wilde and Britt Robertson were also considered.) Understandably, Whitman's fans are upset — including her Scott Pilgrim co-star Anna Kendrick:And judging from Mae's response, it would appear the decision to recast her wasn't exactly mutual: She's also retweeted a story critical of the recast. Vulture has reached out to Fox for comment »

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X-men: Apocalypse Set Photo Does a Close up on Jean Grey and Jubilee

30 April 2015 9:51 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Bryan Singer continues to keep in touch with X-Men fans and today released another behind-the-scenes X-Men: Apocalypse image of new cast members. This time it’s Sophie Turner and Lana Condor, who play Jean Grey and Jubilee, respectively. The film takes place in the 1980s, and this image gives us a good sense of their fashion style. It’s also interesting to see Turner smiling since her performance as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones is a constant expression of utter misery and despair. While it’s nice to have a glimpse of what these two characters will look like, I still don’t know why Singer included Jubilee, who is just an awful, silly character. She shoots fireworks out of her hands. She’s like boring Dazzler. However, most people thought Quicksilver (Evan Peters) was going to be terrible and he ended up being one of the best things »

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Mae Whitman Was Replaced in Independence Day 2 and That's Really Gross, Hollywood

29 April 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Hollywood, come over here so we can slap you upside the head like a mom who caught her son skipping school. Only we'll hit you harder. Fox recently announced that it had cast Maika Monroe, fresh off her star-making turns in It Follows and The Guest, in Independence Day 2 to play the president's now all-grown-up daughter. There's just one problem: the flawless Mae Whitman played Bill Pullman's kid in the original Independence Day, so why was her part handed off to someone else?! It's not like Whitman is one of those child actors who went off the rails or just gave up acting. She's now more successful and talented as ever with roles on Arrested Development, Parenthood and don't forget her »

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Mae Whitman Replaced by Maika Monroe in Independence Day 2, Fans Outraged

29 April 2015 8:26 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

But, why? Several Independence Day actors are back for its sequel, Independence 2 — but not Mae Whitman. It was announced on Tuesday, April 28, that It Follows star Maika Monroe has taken over her role as former first daughter Patricia Whitmore. Fans of the Parenthood alum, 26, are outraged by the news, especially since Whitman was just the female lead in the comedy The Duff. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, Whitman wasn't even on the short list for the Roland Emmerich-directed film. Now all grown up, [...] »

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Round-Up: It Follows’ Maika Monroe to Star in Independence Day 2, New Teasers for The Strain Season 2, Poltergeist

28 April 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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 »

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Independence Day 2 Finds Its Female Lead In It Follows Starlet Maika Monroe

28 April 2015 8:57 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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.

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

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, »

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Independence Day 2 Adds Maika Monroe as President Whitmore’s Daughter

28 April 2015 7:08 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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It Follows’s Maika Monroe Is Independence Day 2’s Female Lead

27 April 2015 11:16 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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 GoldblumJudd 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

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