Rachel Paige
Updated May 05, 2015 @ 10:47 am
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One of our favorite ’90s movies, Independence Day, is getting a sequel. While it’s a sad, sad shame that Mae Whitman won’t be reprising her role as the president’s daughter, we do have something to celebrate in this film’s fictional Oval Office: Sela Ward is going to be the president. A female prez in office when aliens attack? Oh, you KNOW she’s going to figure out how to save the day.

Ward’s joining a bunch of returning Independence Day cast favorites, like Jeff Goldblum as a computer scientist, Bill Pullman as the former president, and Vivica A. Fox who was an exotic dancer and later married Will Smith’s character. As for Smith, it’s been confirmed that he won’t make an appearance in this second outing, so someone else is going to have to practice yelling “WELCOME TO EARTH” while punching an alien.

Maybe Ward’s President Lanford can take up that task?

Also, just to talk about the glory that is Sela Ward for a second. If you’re racking your brain to place this woman, you likely know her from House, or CSI, or Once and Again, or Sisters. Girl’s got some rad TV credits to her name.

From what we know about the plot for Independence Day 2, it’s going to follow somewhat of the same story as the first one: aliens attack, everyone freaks out, the day is saved. Oh, also Liam Hemsworth’s now in the cast, along with Jessie Usher (who will play Fox and the MIA-Smith’s son), and Maika Monroe is stepping in as the former president’s daughter.

True life: Anytime I think of someone giving a big rousing speech, I think of Pullman’s speech in the first Independence Day. Do we think Ward is the perfect candidate to deliver the next big speech that rallies humanity to save the day? Abso-freaking-lutely.

The movie begins shooting later this month, and it already has a release date: June 24th, 2016.

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