“DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES” kicks off one year after the first film, with Greg beginning seventh grade. Greg has mastered middle school, rid himself of the Cheese Touch, and thinks he’s got it all together. There’s just one problem: Rodrick is trying to ruin Greg’s life. “The movie is centered on a classic theme, something most people have been through, which is sibling rivalry,” says producer Brad Simpson. “Every day, Greg probably wishes he were an only child.”
Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Robert Capron, Steve Zahn and most of the cast from “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” return. One key new member of the Wimpy Kid family is director David Bowers (“Flushed Away,” “Astro Boy”), making his live-action feature debut. “This film was like a family reunion,” says Kinney. “It felt like coming back for a second year of summer camp.”
Also central to the story are Greg’s mom and dad, played by Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn. Being Greg and Rodrick’s parents is no picnic, but mom Susan Heffley is trying to do her best with the men in her life. “Susan has started writing a parenting column for the local newspaper about her family and she feels like hers should be a model family,” says Harris. “But Susan’s family is not a model family; they’re the Heffleys.”
“Every parent can relate to Susan’s challenges with her son,” says Nina Jacobson. “There’s no relationship that lasts longer than the one with your siblings, and Susan is desperate to get her boys to be closer. Her husband, Frank is a little skeptical about her efforts to bring the boys together, knowing that Rodrick is not a great influence. But Susan will do whatever she can to bring them together.