Fans were not happy after it was revealed the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul was going to replace the cast we all know and love. The new cast will take on the role of the Heffley family and their adventures continue as your not-so-quintessential American family.
The revelation obviously did not sit well with Wimp Kid fans as they have followed the original cast, particularly Greg, throughout the films. Much like a car, the audience will have to get used to the new cast. Unfortunately, this is not something they were not even expecting.
According to J-14, it all started when the trailer of Diary for a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul was released. The first time fans saw the preview, they realized what was going on.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Will Have Major Cast Changes
They were particularly upset that Rodrick Heffley, played by Devon Bostick, was replaced in the film. Fans took to Twitter to air their grievances and disappointments. The hashtag #NotMyRodrick made rounds on social media soon after.
And it was not just Rodrick but his entire family that was recast. Greg’s sidekick Rowley Jefferson will also be replaced along with the family. With such drastic changes, it’s likely that there will be more new faces in the film.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Has New Cast
Jason Ian Drucker will replace Zachary Gordon as the titular “Wimpy Kid” Greg Heffley. Charlie Wright, Tom Everett Scott, and Alicia Silverstone will take on the role of Rodrick, Frank, and Susan Heffley respectively in The Long Haul.
They will replace actors Devon Bostick, Steve Zahn, and Rachael Harris, who played the roles in the first three films. As for Greg and Rodrick’s younger brother Manny, he will be played by Connor Fielding. Owen Fielding replaces Wyatt and Dylan Walters.
While it does seem childish, their disappointment is probably well placed. The fans, who grew up with the franchise, are now forced to accept the new Heffley family.
The nostalgia is no more and the familiar voice of Zachary Gordon narrating the story will be sorely missed. Still, the initial disappointment will be just that, initial.
Sure, replacing the new cast is disappointing, even irritating, to watch new faces take the role of our beloved Heffleys. However, given time, fans will grow to love them and will probably connect with them as well.
It’s not the first time a cast member was replaced in the well-loved franchise. Take Harry Potter’s Dumbledore for example. Michael Gambon portrayal was not the same as the late Richard Harris but fans still grew to love him and even grieved for him when he died on screen.
While the circumstances may be different, this will probably be the case for this latest installment of the Wimpy Kid franchise. We can’t bash the new actors just yet. Nevertheless, they have big shoes to fill with their new roles.
Sure, they will never replace the original cast in our hearts, but the new cast could bring something new to the table. Unless we know that they are going to ruin the franchise from the get-go, it’s probably worth giving them a chance.
There is still very little detail as to why the recast took place. It’s probably because the original cast is already aging and a younger, fresher cast will probably fit the bill. After all, the Wimpy Kid franchise centers around the story of well, a wimpy kid.
Whether you choose to air your grievances by boycotting the film or try to giving the new cast the benefit of a doubt, the film will hit theaters as planned. Catch Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul when it is released on May 19, 2017.
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