Sela Ward is the latest addition to the cast of Independence Day 2.
Ward, best known for her TV roles in CSI: NY, House, Once And Again and Sisters, will play the President of the United States in the sci-fi sequel, Deadline reports. Ward previously worked with the film’s director Roland Emmerich on 2004’s The Day After Tomorrow.
Original Independence Day director Emmerich is due to start shooting the sequel to his 1996 blockbuster this month (May). 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, Charlotte Gainsbourg and It Follows actress Maika Monroe, 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.