Everyone's favourite Wimpy Kid is back with new actors taking over the franchise!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is a family road comedy movie based on the book of the same name by Jeff Kinney. It's the fourth instalment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series and a sequel to 2012's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. Despite not being a reboot, the original cast and crew members from the first three films did not reprise their roles, making this the first film to feature an entirely new cast after a five-year layoff.
The movie series has been an instant success since the beginning when it was announced that there would be a string of films based off of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. The fictional collection started way back in 2007 and has come a long way so far. Since 2007, 10 books have been written and 3 movies have been released. The last movie came out in 2012 and now that it is 2017, the directors have skipped a few of the books and moved ahead to tell the story of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.
The film stars Jason Ian Drucker as Greg Heffley and Charlie Wright as his brother Roddrick. Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott take over the roles as their parents. In this family comedy - the Heffley family hit the road for a family road-trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party. The trip goes off course--thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to attend a video game convention!
Travel mishaps ensue, including a night at a decrepit motel and an incident with some unwanted birds. The cross-country trip will be one that the Heffleys and their fans will never forget!
Does Zach Gordon approve of the new Greg Heffley?
Zach, who played Greg Heffley, released a video making sure fans knew just how excited he was to see the new cast of characters become legends in the new movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.
He said, "Congratulations on the new Wimpy Kid film. Some of my fondest memories were making those memories. Although I am not the Wimpy Kid anymore, I'm glad to see that the new cast is experiencing some of the great times that I did while making the previous films. Wishing you the best of luck and I look forward to seeing you in the long haul."
I spoke with Author/Producer Jeff Kinney and star Jason Drucker (Greg) via satellite from Indianapolis where they were about to attend the Indy 500. We discussed the success of the series, how Jason liked taking over the role, the next book in the series due out in November and much more. CLICK the link below for our full interview.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL IS IN THEATRES ON FRIDAY MAY 19TH.