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Independence Day 2 has already had to fight a hard battle to win over fans of the original, especially when it was revealed Will Smith would not be returning to once again 'welcome' the aliens to Earth.

Since the initial announcement of a sequel, Roland Emmerich has been able to claw back some enthusiasm, especially with the announcement that Vivica A. Fox, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum would all be returning to the franchise. However, his latest casting announcement has upset some people - specifically Anna Kendrick.

Emmerich recently revealed that the It Follows breakout star Maika Monroe would be playing the role of President Whitmore's daughter in the sequel. So what's the big problem? Well, Mae Whitman played that role in the 1996 original.


I know what you're thinking, "her?", but yes, the Arrested Development, Scott Pilgrim vs The World and The DUFF actress was that cute blonde kid you saw frolicking around the White House - just before some aliens arrived to blow it to smithereens. It appears Kendrick feels the role in the sequel should be rightfully returned to Whitman. She tweeted:

She's likely to not alone in this opinion, Mae Whitman could be considered one of Hollywood's rising stars at the moment, especially after she headlined 2015's The DUFF. If Hollywood casting execs were worried she wouldn't bring in the big bucks, then that film's healthy $33 million box office on a budget of $8 million should prove otherwise. As a means of comparison, It Follows only made $15 million.

Mae Whitman (left) and Maika Monroe (right)
Mae Whitman (left) and Maika Monroe (right)

In fact, it seems Whitman was never even considered for the role, as The Hollywood Reporter shortlist of actresses competing for the part did not include her name. For her part, Whitman appears to be taking the casting news in a slightly less expletive manner, simply responding to Kendrick with the following tweet:

However, she later also retweeted a HitFix article which suggested one possible reason for her non-casting could be because Fox want to go for a more conventionally "Hollywood hot" actress.

Of course, none of this is meant to demean the acting ability of Maika Monroe, especially considering the rave reviews of her performances in It Follows, and I'm sure she will do a great job as the President's daughter. But I think most would agree Whitman would have too, and considering she played the role in the first place, it does seem unfair for her not even to be considered. Don't you think?

Source: MTV


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