Roland Emmerich's Independence Day sequel just elected a new president

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May 5, 2015, 10:04 AM EDT (Updated)

It took a few decades, but preproduction is rolling along on Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day sequel — and now we know who will take over for Bill Pullman as president of the U.S. of A.

Entertainment Weekly reports veteran actress Sela Ward (The Day After Tomorrow, Gone Girl) will portray new President Lanford in the film, taking over for Bill Pullman’s iconic Thomas J. Whitmore, last seen in the 1996 original. Pullman will be back for the film, but he apparently won’t be hanging out in the Oval Office (or what’s left of it, anyway).

Ward joins a growing cast of new faces and alien-fighting alums, including Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner and Jeff Goldblum. Newcomers include Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher (who plays the son of Will Smith’s fighter pilot from the first film) and It Follows star Maika Monroe, who takes over for Mae Whitman as Pullman’s character’s daughter.

Little is know about the plot of the sequel, though it will reportedly follow a new alien attack that was set off by a distress signal sent out by the first batch of invaders. Planet Earth just can’t seem to catch a break. 

The Independence Day sequel is set to open June 24, 2016.

Do you think Ward is a good successor for Pullman?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)