It seems that Maika Monroe’s fine performances in The Guest and It Follows, the latter being in my opinion the horror film to beat this year, have paid off because Roland Emmerich, currently in pre-production on Independence Day 2, has tweeted:
“I have another addition to announce. The beautiful & talented Maika Monroe is officially signed on 2 the Independence Day Sequel!”
The Hollywood Reporter informs us that she beat out some other talented up-and-comers including Lucy Boynton [Miss Potter], Merritt Patterson [The Royals], Gabriella Wilde [Endless Love] and Britt Robertson [Tomorrowland], and that she will be playing the daughter of Bill Pullman’s President Thomas J. Whitmore from the original movie. It seems that she may be a love interest for the character being played by Liam Hemsworth. Monroe is joining a cast that also includes Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Jeff Goldblum, and Judd Hirsch. For a while there was a chance of Will Smith returning, and there were even two scripts, one with Smith’s character, and one without, but it isn’t to be.
Monroe is certainly busy. She’s just recently finished production on the alien invasion film The 5th Wave, starring Chloe Moretz, but she also has a sci-fi drama called Bokeh in post-production. In addition to Independence Day 2, she is also attached to star in the surfing drama The Tribes of Palos Verdes, which will co-star Jennifer Garner and Tye Sheridan.
While no official plot details have yet been released, back in 2013 Emmerich revealed the following details about the sequel:
“The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back. And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years….It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. Humans have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane”
James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright penned the most recent draft of the screenplay, and the plan is to have the film in production this summer. 20th Century Fox intends to release the film on June 24, 2016 – which is weirdly the weekend before the Independence Day holiday.