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We have added some new photos from Maika’s photoshoot with John Russo 2016 for the Independence Day Resurgence promo…
“I think it’s really good to get the adrenaline pumping,” says Maika Monroe—actress, professional kiteboarder, brave adventurer. “Do stuff that scares you on a regular basis. I think it’s good for the body and for the mind.”
Monroe is specifically talking about skydiving. She celebrated her 23rd birthday by breaking the sound-barrier from 13,000 feet. She could also, fairly, be describing her maturing roster of movies. In 2014, Monroe starred in two acclaimed horror movies back-to-back, The Guest and It Follows. This summer, she faces two different impending world-invasion apocalypses in Independence Day: Resurgence and The 5th Wave.
Before she started acting, Monroe was a professional kite-boarder—the sport where you stand on a board in the ocean, steering with a high-flying kite, and doing all sorts of jumps and tricks. “After school my dad would pick me up and we would go straight to the beach. The other thing I loved is that no other girls were doing it,” she says. “I would be the only girl out there.”
She was also one of the few women on the set of the second Independence Day, where she got along best with Jeff Goldblum. “We’re BFF, big time, oh yeah!” she says. “I think he’s a magical person, I’m pretty sure he has hidden super powers.” Even with some 18-hour days, Goldblum was a source of positivity. “He’s so positive all the time. He would sing and dance and play games, and dancing—he loves tap dancing. We would be singing Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, stuff from plays that I had no idea what they were, but he knows all the words.”
Though she’s in six movies in 2016 (six!), she found time for vacations. Or rather, by “vacations,” she means pursuing extreme sports and other high-flying adventures. For her next pursuit, she says, “I really want to go swimming with sharks.”
“To this day I haven’t seen Jaws,” she adds. “Because I was always in the ocean, when I was a kid my mom said, ‘See the movies that you want to, but I’m telling you, do not ever see Jaws.’”
So she wants to swim with sharks, but still won’t see Jaws? “Yes. Precisely, precisely,” she says laughing. “I think it’s good to conquer the fears.”
Maika and the cast of Independence Day Resurgence were in Japan for the press tour, we have added various new photos to the gallery…
‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ makes up ground overseas with $102.1 million; elsewhere in the U.S., ‘The Shallows’ has a sharper bite than expected, while ‘Free State of Jones’ and ‘The Neon Demon’ are D.O.A.
Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence failed to ignite big fireworks at the North American office over the weekend, where it came in behind expectations with an estimated $41.6 million from 4,068 theaters.
While that’s hardly a disastrous start, the long-awaited sequel to the 1996 blockbuster will need to do sizeable business overseas to land in the black for Fox. So far, the tentpole seems to be getting its wish, debuting to $102.1 million from 57 foreign markets, including China, for a global debut of $143.7 million.
Resurgence placed No. 2 behind Finding Dory in North America. Overseas, it topped the weekend foreign chart, led by China with $37.3 million. But in China itself, it placed No. 2 behind Now You See Me 2, which raced to a dazzling $43.3 million, a record for Lionsgate and bringing that movie’s global total to $159.8 million.
Independence Day: Resurgence skewed heavily male for an all-audience tentpole (58 percent), helping to explain the subdued results, while 64 percent of ticketbuyers were over the age of 25. Generally speaking, the film underperformed on the East Coast.
Resurgence is set two decades after the events of the original pic (including the spectacular destruction of the White House and other iconic landmarks) and sees the same menacing aliens once again wreaking havoc.
Smith might be absent, but a number of other stars appearing in the first film reprised their roles, including Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum and Judd Hirsch. Newcomers include Liam Hemsworth, who plays a hot-shot military pilot whose parents died in the first alien attack and who is now dating the former first daughter (Maika Monroe), and Jessie Usher, who plays the stepson of Smith’s character, now deceased.
Maika Monroe is going from “scream queen” to big-budget screen.
The 23-year-old actress made her film debut in 2012 alongside Zac Efron in “At Any Price,” and has since made a name for herself in indie horror flicks “The Guest” and “It Follows.” Now, she’s starring in her first summer blockbuster: “Independence Day: Resurgence.” The movie, reportedly made with a $200 million budget, marks her biggest role yet. Monroe plays a now-grown-up Patricia Whitmore, the first daughter of the President of the U.S. in the original 1996 film.
We caught up with Monroe before “Resurgence’s” Friday release to talk about working on a studio movie, acting alongside Liam Hemsworth, and what she’s working on next. With six movies already in post-production, expect to see a lot more of this up-and-comer.
WWD: What drew you to this role?
Maika Monroe: Well I was a huge fan of the original one. My dad showed it to me when I was about 10 years old. I always loved what Roland [Emmerich, the director] did with it and [how he] brought comedy to this kind of insane situation. Just the characters I feel are so iconic, with Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, so when I heard that they were making another one, I was super excited and then on top of that, my character works in the White House and also is a fighter pilot, which is very, very cool.
WWD: What was filming like? I imagine “Independence Day” was much larger in scale.
M.M.: Oh yeah, just the tiniest bit (laughs). I mean it’s a whole different pace to the very “YouTube-y,” indie world. This is a whole different beast, but I mean it’s incredible. You walk onto these sets, with these massive ships, but there’s something really fun about it because it’s almost like a play, because you’ve got green screen around you — a lot is left to the imagination.
WWD: Is it harder to act with a green screen playing such a huge part in filming?
M.M.: I mean, yes it is. It was definitely intimidating at first, but then you get used to it and actually come to like it a little bit. But it’s not easy.
WWD: Do you find yourself preferring the indie world or do you like these large-scale movie productions?
M.M.: I don’t know. Yeah I think it all depends on the project. There’s really awesome indie movies out there and there’s really fun bigger studio films, and I think if you can kind of find a balance and find projects that you really love in either world…I really do enjoy both.
WWD: Can you talk a little bit about what it was like working with Roland Emmerich and also alongside Liam Hemsworth? Did you know them before the film?
M.M.: I met all of them for the first time on the film. Roland is really amazing. He really knows how to make big movies and yet he also cares about the characters, which is definitely refreshing for a film this scale. He’s also just a blast. And also Liam, too — he has just such a good energy and positivity and is just so down to earth and cool. I feel very lucky to have worked with both of them.
WWD: What are you working on now? What’s next?
M.M.: I leave to go to Serbia in the beginning of July to shoot a film called “Tau” that I am super excited about. It’ll definitely be interesting, Serbia I mean. I’ve been to Europe, but I haven’t been to Eastern Europe.
WWD: Seems like a different ballgame.
M.M.: Yeah it’s totally different, a new adventure.
Last night ( June 20th 2016) saw the Hollywood premiere for Independence Day Resurgence. Maika and her costars were out in full force on the red carpet. It’s been 20 years since that first Independence Day movie, and finally Independence Day: Resurgence is here! While the film officially opens on June 24, the stars of the explosive sequel came out to celebrate the premiere, and they looked absolutely amazing! Which is super impressive because it reached 100 degrees outside of the Chinese Theater in Hollywood where the premiere took place ….
Twenty years on from the global devastation wrought by the alien nasties of Independence Day, Earth has united to adapt and adopt all the leftover technology to prepare for the retaliation. On 4 July, naturally, it comes. And it comes hard.★★★★
As Dubai’s Burj Khalifa lances down from a fiery sky into the London Eye, tossed like a used popsicle stick amid the gravity-churning fury of a 3,000 mile-wide, claw-shaped alien mother-of-all-battles-ship, Jeff Goldblum tiredly absorbs it all and deadpans: “They like to get the landmarks.”
If his David Levinson — one-time computer guy, now Director of the Earth Space Defense — exudes a wonderful, war-of-the-worlds-weary sense of ‘been there, blown that up’, his creator and chief catastrophiser Roland Emmerich is as gleefully destructive as a kid given a free pass to smash all the crockery at the village fête. Especially the saucers. With new tech, new toys and new ideas, the modern era’s Master Of Disaster has returned to the scene of his greatest triumph and really let rip.
Allowing the same blend of multiplex-rattling spectacle and ‘yeah, you got us’ daftness, Emmerich has gone all out to recapture his ’96 mojo and, for the most part, succeeds. While the occasional call-back clunks (Jessie Usher as orphaned-son-of-Will-Smith Dylan Hiller fails to sell the line, “Get ready for a close encounter, bitch!”, but we’re not sure who ever could), other riffs prove sonorously nostalgic. And we’re not just talking about another death-defying dog. Whether it’s Goldblum reliving his co-pilot jitters in another spacecraft, Bill Pullman pulling on his flight suit once more as PTSD-stricken ex-president Whitmore, or Brent Spiner making a welcomely deranged return as surprisingly not-dead professor Brakish Okun, you’ll likely thrum with the same sweet, not-able-to-take-it-too-seriously joy you felt during the first film.
Assuming you’re old enough, of course. But for the next-gen moviegoer, Emmerich and his co-writer/producer Dean Devlin have provided next-gen Earth defenders. Joining Usher are Liam Hemsworth as obligatory maverick Jake Morrison, Maika Monroe replacing Mae Whitman as Whitmore’s daughter Patricia (now an ex-fighter pilot herself, ensuring that in this movie it’s not only the men who get to kick ET’s ass) and Hong Kong model/singer/actor Angelababy.
Old and new faces never fully mingle, though. Aside from a first-act trip to the moon and some cursory father-daughter interaction between the Whitmores, it’s ‘kids over here, oldies over there’. Similar to an awkward family party, except here the kids are going off to engage in an all-too-brief skirmish amid some surprisingly placed paddy fields on the alien mothership, rather than sneaking outside to smoke cigs.
Read More: Empire Online