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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. »
Roland Emmerich's upcoming Independence Day 2 is bringing back a number of stars from the 1996 original, including Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch, and Brent Spiner, but it would appear that the production plays favorites when it comes to Jeff Goldblum. How to we know this? Because the offices actually have a shrine dedicated to the actor. Here's a Jeff Goldblum shrine from the production offices of #IndependenceDay2. Love it! pic.twitter.com/0pNW7r3MXz. Dean Devlin (@Dean_Devlin) May 13, 2015 Producer Dean Devlin took to his personal Twitter account earlier today to shine a very weird light on the behind-the-scenes action going on behind Independence Day 2. Evidently, one wall in the production office is dedicated to a collection of both photographs of the actor and artistic interpretations of his form. If you look at the image full size, you'll notice that some of the pieces do »
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
British actor Deobia Oparei, (Areo Hotah in HBO’s "Game Of Thrones") has booked a role in Fox’s "Independence Day 2," joining the previously-cast Jessie T. Usher, who starred in the LeBron James-produced Starz series, "Survivor’s Remorse," and is playing the lead in the Fox sequel. Oparei will play a character named Dikembe, and is described as the Oxford-educated son of an African warlord. I'll reserve commentary until I actually see the film; although color me nervous with that description, as I'm wondering how the character will fit into the movie's overall "alien invasion" narrative. It's just so specific. Also to appear in the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The actor, who plays Areo Hotah in the HBO fantasy drama, will star in the forthcoming sci-fi sequel, Deadline reports.
Oparei will reportedly play an Oxford-educated son of an African warlord named Dikembe in the sequel to the 1996 blockbuster.
There has also been controversy in the last fortnight over It Follows star Maika Monroe being cast as ex-president Thomas Whitmore's daughter Patricia, a role played by Mae Whitman in the original film.
Independence Day 2 is scheduled to open June 24, 2016 to mark the 20th anniversary of Emmerich's blockbuster. »
Exclusive: DeObia Oparei, the UK actor who plays Prince Doran’s captain of the guard Areo Hotah on HBO’s Game Of Thrones, has booked a role in 20th Century Fox’s Independence Day 2. The sequel to the monster 1996 original that made $811 million worldwide is currently in production in New Mexico and has a June 24, 2016, release date. Oparei will play Dikembe, the Oxford-educated son of an African warlord. He joins a cast for the Roland Emmerich-directed pic that includes… »
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
Bill Pullman may be back for Independence Day 2, but it.s not going to be as the leader of the free world. As it turns out, in the 20 years since Roland Emmerich.s original alien invasion disaster flick, the United States has elected a new President, and it.s Sela Ward. Pullman will still play the same character, Thomas J. Whitmore, but according to Deadline, it.s Ward who resides in the White House, or whatever structure they construct to take the place of the building that was so memorably leveled by extraterrestrials in 1996. Ward will reportedly play President Lanford, no first name at the moment, who now sits in the big chair when the action commences on the long in development sequel. This is not Ward.s first time in an epic scale disaster movie, nor is it her first time working with Emmerich. The two teamed up »
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- Christopher Campbell
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
A woman in the White House? You bet. At least in the movies. Sela Ward is set to play the current President of the United States, President Lanford, in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2. The CSI: NY favorite will reunite with Emmerich as they last worked together on 20th Century Fox’s The Day After Tomorrow. She last appeared at Fox in the box office champ Gone Girl from David Fincher. Ward joins a cast that includes Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Vivica A. Fox (all… »
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 Important News We got our first look at what Jared Leto really looks like as The Joker in Suicide Squad. And we saw more images of the new Batman. And we got our first look at Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse. Bryan Singer also revealed more images. And more. 21 Jump Street will crossover with Men in Black and spinoff a female-driven sequel. Maika Monroe joined Independence Day 2 in Mae Whitman's childhood role. Michael Green is writing the next Wolverine movie. Furious 7 is now one of the top 5 highest-grossing movies of all time. James Wan might direct a Robotech movie. Alamo Drafthouse wants to send you to the real Area 51. Don't Look Now is being...
- Christopher Campbell
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
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 »
Independence Day 2: Director Roland Emmerich announced that Maika Monroe has joined the cast of Independence Day 2. Monroe starred recently in the breakout indie horror title It Follows; it's not yet clear what role she will be playing in the blockbuster sequel opposite the likes of Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum. The movie is set for release on June 24, 2016. [Twitter] Unfriended: Low-budget horror thriller Unfriended has grossed more than $25 million in box office returns in the U.S., and thus has earned a sequel. The movie unfolds entirely on a young woman's personal computer, as the mysterious revenge story is told through the use of a variety of computer programs. Nelson Greaves will once again write the screenplay. [Bloody...
- Peter Martin
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