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Sela Ward to play the new President in Independence Day 2

05.04.2015

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 be in office. Whether he has an amicable relationship with Ward's character remains to be seen. But, the fact that Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Jeff Goldblum, and Judd Hirsch are all returning means we should see something of a passing of the torch between casts.

Ward is best known for her television work on the series Sisters but has also worked with INDEPENDENCE DAY director Roland Emmerich before on THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW. She most recently appeared in David Fincher's GONE GIRL. Without knowing more about the plot, I am not sure whether her casting is a good or bad choice, but as an actress you could do a lot worse. The real question will be whether she can deliver as good of a speech as Pullman did.

ID FOREVER is slated to begin production in May for a June 24, 2016 release date.

Source: Deadline

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12:57PM on 05/05/2015
There's still a country to be president over?
There's still a country to be president over?
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12:25AM on 05/05/2015
She played Harrison Ford's wife in the Fugitive, and Harrison Ford memorably played the President in Air Force One!
She played Harrison Ford's wife in the Fugitive, and Harrison Ford memorably played the President in Air Force One!
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9:10AM on 05/05/2015
Ok?
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7:53PM on 05/04/2015
Good casting, but no one can top Pullman's speech inspiring speech from the first one. Not even if you had Morgan Freeman or Liam Neeson narrating it.
Good casting, but no one can top Pullman's speech inspiring speech from the first one. Not even if you had Morgan Freeman or Liam Neeson narrating it.
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9:09AM on 05/05/2015
Agreed...
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4:42PM on 05/04/2015
I just want Mae Whitman to come back as the ex-presidents daughter. Why recast her. Nothing against Monroe, but Whitman is a bankable star that everyone likes, why recast her
I just want Mae Whitman to come back as the ex-presidents daughter. Why recast her. Nothing against Monroe, but Whitman is a bankable star that everyone likes, why recast her
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4:24PM on 05/04/2015
Still looks good, very underrated actress. Can they complete this film in just over a year? I doubt Emmerich is Speilberg, who can crank out a movie in less than 6 months. I am still 50/50 on this sequel, but the fact they are getting the majority of the original cast back has my attention.
Still looks good, very underrated actress. Can they complete this film in just over a year? I doubt Emmerich is Speilberg, who can crank out a movie in less than 6 months. I am still 50/50 on this sequel, but the fact they are getting the majority of the original cast back has my attention.
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4:16PM on 05/04/2015
I was wondering if Pullman was still going to be president. When your country gets nearly obliterated, it might make sense that the guy in charge, who kind of saved your asses, might decide to stay in office. But wouldn't he have at least one successor before her, if the Constitution is still worth a damn?
I was wondering if Pullman was still going to be president. When your country gets nearly obliterated, it might make sense that the guy in charge, who kind of saved your asses, might decide to stay in office. But wouldn't he have at least one successor before her, if the Constitution is still worth a damn?
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4:06PM on 05/04/2015

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7:03PM on 05/04/2015
I concur, friend.....
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3:01PM on 05/04/2015

"The Day After Tomorrow Is.... Independence Day."

Actually enjoyed her performance in Day After Tomorrow. Her scene in the hospital alone with the child was nearly a tear-jerker. She was also great as the interviewer in Gone Girl. Glad to see her join this film.
Actually enjoyed her performance in Day After Tomorrow. Her scene in the hospital alone with the child was nearly a tear-jerker. She was also great as the interviewer in Gone Girl. Glad to see her join this film.
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