When a fourth "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" film was announced, series fans rejoiced, especially since it overrides a previous announcement from the team that they will no longer follow up the story. However, the recent release of the trailer caused a lot of negative reactions from fans, particularly due to Charlie Wright's portrayal of Rodrick, the older brother of Greg, the eponymous "Wimpy Kid," and a role that was previously handled by Devon Bostick.
While the cast was announced on July 26, 2016, it was only when the trailer for "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul" was released that the series fans expressed their displeasure about Bostick's replacement. Many have posted that they understood the need to replace the cast members because of age to stay true to the material. While they said they were okay with most of the new actors, they were not comfortable with Wright portraying the role. Some have said that the new Rodrick was a "downgrade" and that the casting has "ruined their childhood," while others likened him to Willy Wonka, referring to the character played by Johnny Depp on "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory."
The casting has led fans to create the #NotMyRodrick campaign on social media, particularly on Twitter. Various memes have also been created comparing the two Rodricks. Some fans, meanwhile, have also created only petitions on iPetition, The Petition Site, and Go Petition. Meanwhile, Bostick uploaded a video clip wherein he wished Wright "all the best" in portraying Rodrick.
The first "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" movie was released in 2010. This was followed by "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" in 2011, and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" in 2012. All three films had Bostick portray Rodrick. Aside from Bostick, Zachary Gordon and Robert Capron will not reprise their roles in the film as well.
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul" is scheduled to be released on May 19.