Many fans of the franchise expressed a lot of anger at all the recasting for this film, especially when it came to Rodrick, spawning the popular meme "#notmyrodrick", a parody of the "#notmypresident" trend that became popular after the election of President Donald Trump.
Rowley will have a larger role in the film than in the book, in which he only appears in one flashback illustration.
Because the release dates of this film and the previous Diary of a Wimpy Kid film are so spaced apart, child actors such as Zachary Gordon from the previous films will not be reprising their roles due to being too old for their characters. Also many of the adult actors have begun working on other projects. So it was the easiest decision to invite an entire new cast for the film.
The short script shared for auditioners feature lines from both Hard Luck and The Long Haul.
Tom Everett Scott plays Frank Heffley in the movie, this role was formerly held by Steve Zahn. Steve Zahn and Tom Everett Scott starred together in "That Thing You Do!" (1996).
The actress who played the mother of Greg in the past three movies, Rachael Harris, played the mother of the new Greg, Jason Drucker, in the movie Barely Lethal.
This will be the first film with an entirely new cast. This is confirmed because all the confirmed cast members have not been in any other Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul started filming on September 20, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia and finished on November 18, 2016.
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