Sela Ward Set To Play POTUS In ‘Independence Day 2’

A woman in the White House? You bet. At least in the movies. Sela Ward is set to play the current President of the United States, President Lanford, in Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day 2. The CSI: NY favorite will reunite with Emmerich as they last worked together on 20th Century Fox’s The Day After Tomorrow. She last appeared at Fox in the box office champ Gone Girl from David Fincher.

Ward joins a cast that includes Independence Day BJeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Vivica A. Fox (all of whom were in the 1996 original that made $811 million worldwide). Liam Hemsworth and Charlotte Gainsbourg have also joined up for the pic, which is eyeing a May production start and has a June 24, 2016, release date.

The script for the sequel was written by director/producer Emmerich, producer Dean Devlin, James Vanderbilt, James A Woods and Nicolas Wright. Harald Kloser will also produce. Ute Emmerich is the exec producer.

This time around, the nations of Earth collaborate using recovered alien technology to develop a defense program to protect the planet against invading aliens.

Ward is repped by Gersh.

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