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- Benjamin Lee
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
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. »
- Angie Han
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.
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
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. »
Monsters: Dark Continent, 2015.
Directed by Tom Green.
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
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 »
- Dee Lockett
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 »
- Matt Goldberg
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 »
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, [...] »
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
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
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