Mae Whitman Independence Day 2 Recasting With Maika Monroe Sparks Outrage; Anna Kendrick Says “WTF?”
Mae Whitman, who portrayed the president’s daughter Patricia Whitmore in 1996’s Independence Day, will not be coming back to reprise her role in the sequel and fans are not happy. “What the actual f*ck?” Anna Kendrick angrily tweeted. “@maebirdwing is talented as hell, and JUST proved she can carry a film. Smh,” added Kendrick, referring to Whitman’s lead role in The Duff.
Instead, the part went to Maika Monroe (at far right), who beat out Lucy Boynton, Merritt Patterson, Britt Robertson, and Gabriella Wilde, according to THR. While Whitman isn’t returning, original cast members Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, and Bill Pullman will be back for the sequel.
Fans who were outraged at the recasting tweeted at 20th Century Fox. One Twitter user asked “Why did you recast Mae Whitman? Like really?” Whitman, who stars on Netflix’s “Arrested Development,” retweeted many of her fans who were angered by the casting snub.
In response to Kendrick’s tweet, Whitman wrote back, “Man, I love you to death kid.” Gossip Cop has reached out to 20th Century Fox for comment. What do you think about Mae Whitman being replaced by Maika Monroe in Independence Day 2?