Thursday, 21 May 2015

Sela Ward set to play US President in Independence Day 2

Independence Day (1996) had Bill Pullman's President Thomas J. Whitmore around to rally humanity and fight the aliens. Now word arrives via Deadline that Sela Ward (The Day After Tomorrow) is set to play President Lanford for Roland Emmerich's invasion sequel Independence Day 2.

She will 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 (The Hunger Games), Maika Monroe (The Guest), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac), Jessie Usher (When The Game Stands Tall), Travis Tope (Men, Women & Children) and Joey King (White House Down), 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 on the latest script draft alongside Carter Blanchard, James A. Woods and Nicholas Wright, with assistance from producer Dean Devlin. The cameras should be cranking later this month ready for a planned 24 June 2016 release date.

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