Get ready to find out everything you need to know about the road trip movie of the summer with our Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul movie trivia! If you grew up on the Wimpy Kid series, you’re going to love the newest installment in the comedy road trip franchise. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is based on the 2014 book of the same name by Jeff Kinney. It will be released in theaters on May 19, 2017. I happened to catch the trailer on the big screen and it looks pretty awesome!
The Long Haul is the 4th movie in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series. The 1st is Diary of a Wimpy Kid in 2010, followed by Rodrick Rules in 2011 and Dog Days in 2012. Here is some interesting movie trivia for you.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Movie Trivia
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The Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series features 11 books, with 4 of them made into movies. However, the movies do not go in the same order as the books. While the first two movies were based on the first two books, Dog Days is actually based on the 4th book, and The Long Haul jumps all the way to the 9th book.
The movie’s director is David Bowers, who also directed the 2nd and 3rd movies in the series, with Thor Freudenthal directing the 1st movie. Bowers also directed the 2006 movie Flushed Away and the 2009 movie Astro Boy and he was the storyboard artist for the 2000 movie Chicken Run and the 2004 movie Shark Tale.
You may notice one cast name stand out: Alicia Silverstone. She is most famous for her 1995 movie, Clueless, playing the role of Cher Horowitz and her 1997 movie, Batman, playing the role of Batgirl. For most of the 2000s, Silverstone focused more on indie films than anything else. She’s pretty well-known for her animal rights activism
The 2017 Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie features a whole new cast, compared to the other 3 movies. Why? Simply put, the 3rd movie was released in 2012. The actors are just too old for their character roles. Zachary Gordon played the role of Greg Heffley in the first 3 movies. He was 14 in 2012, but is now age 19. Devon Bostick, who played the role of Rodrick Heffley in the first 3 movies, was 20 in 2012, but is now age 25.
In the first 3 movies, the role of Frank Heffley was played by Steve Zahn, but is played by Tom Everett Scott in the 2017 movie. The neat thing is that Zahn and Scott both starred in the 1996 movie, That Thing You Do. In that movie, Zahn played the role of Lenny Haise and Scott played the role of Guy Patterson.