'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' Franchise Rebooting With New Cast

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Jason Ian Drucker and Owen Asztalos have been cast as the young leads in the film, which will be directed by David Bowers.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise is ready to open to a new page.

The Fox and Color Force film franchise based on the popular book series is rebooting with two new young stars: Jason Ian Drucker and Owen Asztalos.

David Bowers, who helmed 2011's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and 2012's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, is returning to direct the new film based on the book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid film franchise, based on Jeff Kinney’s series of books, launched in 2010 with the first film earning $75.7 million worldwide. Three films have been released (all by Fox and Color Force), for a global tally of $225.2 million. Zachary Gordon starred as the main character Greg Heffley in the first three films, but is not returning for the next project.

Drucker will star in the new film as Greg while Asztalos will play his best friend Rowley.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul follows Greg Heffley as he convinces his family to embark on a summer road trip to attend Meemaw‘s 90th birthday—so he can secretly attend what he thinks is a nearby gamer convention.  But the diversion takes them wildly off course, and Greg must figure out how to get his family back on track.

Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson are producing via their Color Force banner.

Kinney's popular book series, started in 2007, centers on Greg Heffley, a middleschool student who shares his trials and tribulations in the form of a journal (including illustrations and hand-written notes). To date, there are ten books that have been released, and there are more than 164 million copies of the Wimpy Kid books in print. The 10th book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School, sold more than 1 million copies in its first week. An 11th book, Double Down, is scheduled for release in November.

Bowers previously directed 2009’s Astro Boy. He's repped by Verve, Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment and Newhouse/Porter/Hubbard.

Drucker starred in Nickelodeon’s series Every Witch Way and was most recently seen in the film Barely Lethal with Hailee Steinfeld. He’s repped by Industry, Coast to Coast and Myman Abel.

Asztalos appears in Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, which stars Adam Driver and debuted in Cannes in May. He’s repped by Innovative Artists, Au Management and Emkey Law Firm.

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