The world is just a little more than a month away from Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul being released in theaters and there's been so much drama surrounding the new movie already. Between the changing of the cast to the fans being in a total uproar about it, there are lots of things the Wimpy Kid community needs to know before they get down to the movie theaters.
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.
Because there have been so many tweaks to the new movie, we've got you covered! The editors here at J-14 decided to do a little digging and figure out exactly what YOU need to know before Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul starts playing in theaters.
What is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul about?
In this installment of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid saga, the Heffleys are headed to Meemaw's to celebrate her 90th birthday which only means one thing – it's time for a family road trip. Of course, nothing goes to plan when it comes to this crew. Things go awry when Greg Heffley tries to get the family to a video game convention instead. The cross-country trip will be one that the Heffleys and the fans will never forget!
When will Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul come out?
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is set to hit theaters on May 19, 2017, in the United States. Get your popcorn ready!
Where was Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul filmed?
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul started filming on September 20, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia and finished on November 18, 2016.
Is Diary of a Wimpy Kid a novel?
YES! Before the movie franchise became what it is today, there was the Wimpy Kid book series written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. The first book that Jeff wrote was published in 2007 titled Diary of a Wimpy Kid. After that came nine others, including some of the all-time favorites Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.
How many Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies are there?
There are FOUR Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. There were three movies that came before it, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.
Which characters have been recast in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul?
The cast of the new movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul has been totally revamped. All of the Heffleys including, Greg, Rodrick, Manny and their parents Susan and Frank are played by different actors than the first three installments of the movie series. There's another shocker that comes along with this as well – the new actors look nothing like the old ones. They look so different in fact that loyal fans went into a total uproar over it.
Even though a lot of the cast has changed, it was really the new actor playing Rodrick Heffley that got everyone so upset. So, be prepared, for this major shift in the new movie!
Why are fans mad about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul recast?
Fans are super upset because, let's face it, change is hard. They came to fall in love with the original actors who played the Heffley family. Ever since they noticed this change, they haven't been afraid to express themselves about this. The fandom has taken to social media to let the world know just how crazy this all seems.
However, to be fair, considering that the last movie came out over 5 years ago, the original cast has grown up. They don't really look like their characters anymore either which is maybe why they were recast. But, let's take a look at some of the angry fan tweets regarding the hot topic!
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."
— Diary of a Wimpy Kid (@wimpykidmovie) March 16, 2017
Where can you watch the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul official trailer?
YOUTUBE! The trailer for the movie has been officially released and it already has over one million views on video sharing site. The 2 minute and 36-second clip feature the Heffleys getting into their regular shenanigans as well as introducing the characters!
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