‘It Follows’ actress Maika Monroe joins ‘Independence Day 2’ cast

Up-and-coming actress joins Bill Pullman, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Liam Hemsworth in the sequel

Maika Monroe, star of this year’s critically acclaimed horror film It Follows, has joined the cast of Independence Day 2.

Director Roland Emmerich announced Monroe’s casting last night (April 27) but did not reveal the 21-year-old actress’s role in the sequel.

Original Independence Day director Emmerich started shooting the sequel to his 1996 blockbuster last week (April 23). Dean Devlin, who co-penned the original’s screenplay with Emmerich, has also been involved in the writing process second time around.

Will Smith is not returning for the sequel, but 23-year-old newcomer Jesse Usher, best known for his role in US basketball drama series Survivor’s Remorse, has been cast as the son of Smith’s character from the original, Captain Steve Hillier. The sequel’s cast also includes Liam Hemsworth and Charlotte Gainsbourg, whose roles are currently unknown, as well as Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum and Vivica Fox, who are all reprising their roles from the first film.

20th Century Fox finally gave the long-awaited sequel a green light back in November. Independence Day 2 is set for release on June 24, 2016 – just in time for the 20th anniversary of the original, which followed a last-ditch effort to thwart an alien invasion taking place on July 4; the day of America’s annual Independence Day holiday.

Maika Monroe’s previous film appearances include The Guest co-starring Dan Stevens, Labor Day alongside Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, and this year’s It Follows, an independent horror film that has become a significant word-of-mouth hit since its release in February. Read the NME review here.