Cast Update 2012 June 3, 2008 More Casting for Roland Emmerich’s ‘2012’ Thandie Newton and Danny Glover have landed roles in Roland Emmerich’s disaster epic ‘2012′. According to reports, Glover will play the president, with Newton as his daughter. Oliver Platt will also star as the president’s chief of staff. It was confirmed last month that John Cusack and Chiwetel Ejiofor would appear in the film. The title refers to the end days of human civilization as foretold by the ancient Mayan calendar. The Story kicks off with a global cataclysm, which brings an end to the world as we know it, and chronicles the heroic struggle of the survivors. The film is scheduled for released in July 2009.