Jeff Goldblum & Bill Pullman Back for ‘Independence Day 2′; Will Smith Cameo Possible

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After seventeen years of rumors, speculation, and false starts, director Roland Emmerich appears to finally have some traction for the long-awaited Independence Day follow-up, tentatively titled ID Forever. If all goes according to plan, the sequel will actually be comprised of two feature length filmsPart I and Part II – with the first installment tentatively scheduled for July 3rd, 2015. The filmmaker has been busy promoting his soon-to-be-released thriller White House Down, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, which sees a hostile force take control of the White House and put the President’s life in jeopardy (not to be confused with Olympus Has Fallen).

Unsurprisingly, ID Forever has been a regular topic of conversation for Emmerich on the White House Down press tour and today we’ve got good news for fans of patriotic speeches and outer space cigar smoking – as the director has confirmed that both Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are expected to return for the sequel(s).

Speaking to in a New York City Q&A, Emmerich asserted that the actors, who played fan-favorite cable guy/computer hacker, David Levinson, and fighter pilot/President, Thomas J. Whitmore, are two returning faces set for ID Forever. As we’ve previously reported, the sequel’s cast is expected to be a mix of familiar franchise participants and entirely new characters – roughly a 50/50 blend for the main cast. Previously, Goldblum and Pullman have expressed interest in the project, but this is the first report suggesting that Emmerich has included them in his plans for the film – and that he expects they’ll reprise the roles. That said, the director does not outright say the actors have signed contracts – meaning that, until we hear official confirmations, it’s still possible one or both of the characters might not make it into the final film.

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Regardless, the most notable omission to the ID Forever crew will be Will Smith’s Captain Steven Hiller - who is not expected to return. In the new interview, Emmerich asserts that they simply cannot afford the actor but the filmmaker was quick to clarify that Smith has not yet read the final script and that a Hiller cameo is still possible – if for no other reason than to “pass the torch” to new cast members.

Regardless of how viewers might feel about Smith these days (considering the amount of backlash aimed at After Earth), Hiller was a fan-favorite character responsible for many of the best (and most memorable) moments in Independence Day. As a result, a cameo by the actor would be a nice way to close-out the Hiller storyline – without requiring the production to front a huge salary.

That said, if Smith opts to pass on Emmerich’s cameo ideas, there are still plenty of ways for the filmmaker to explain Hiller’s absence - especially since early plot details suggest the movie will take place in real time, 20-25 years after the original alien invasion. That time jump (made possible by complicated space travel/wormhole physics) should also help provide Goldblum and Pullman with fun material for their characters – since they’ll be playing much older versions of Levinson and Whitmore.

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Even at the most basic level, a story about people who survived the first alien attack and then spent the next 20 years (possibly) preparing for a second wave is intriguing – even before you consider the continued personal stories that will be included. For example: President Whitmore should no longer be President and his young daughter, Patricia (played by Arrested Development‘s Mae Whitman), will be in her twenties. Similarly, will Emmerich bring back Margaret Colin to reprise her role as Levinson’s wife, Constance Spano? If so, it’s likely the pair could have decided to have their own children in the subsequent two decades.

Until we know more, let’s all keep our fingers crossed that – since Goldblum is back - Levinson’s father, Julius (portrayed by Judd Hirsch), will also make an appearance.

The interview also (casually) suggests that Emmerich is still interested in a Stargate sequel, and that it might be next on the filmmaker’s schedule after ID Forever Part I and II. However, that appears to only be speculation at this point – as Emmerich collaborator Dean Devlin already mentioned they were interested in returning to the Stargate franchise in the future. As a result, Emmerich’s comment is merely confirmation that the pair could return to their other beloved sci-fi property at some point.


ID Forever: Part I invades theaters on July 3rd, 2015.

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  1. Chef Goldblum is back! Great report!

  2. Somewhere, Anthony Ocasio is crapping his pants. Lol Good news.

    • I was literally on a conference call with the editors when we found out – Rob Keyes screamed the loudest.

      • HA!

  3. really wish smith would consider accepting a lower payoff for this (how rich do you have to be?). with news of him turning down the django part only because he felt django wasn’t the main character and now this, I find my opinion of him diminishing just a bit (although I do think jamie foxx was ultimately a better choice). I’m still a fan overall and hope he’s in it.

  4. Too bad, I was kinda hoping for a scene where PRESIDENT Steven Hiller fends off an alien attack while his Secret Service team gets picked off like chum in the water.

  5. Will Smith’s cameo will actually be Jaden CGI’d to look like Will….

    • That’ll be the rest of Will Smiths career.

  6. Too bad about Smith, but Goldblum is cool. The MIT cable repair guy, was good in the first one. Pullman being back is good too. I’m looking forward to this, just so long as they don’t do it on the cheap. Do it right.

    The Stargate comment was very interesting I thought. I loved the movie, didn’t like the tv shows that followed all that much. A Stargate sequel to me would be great.

  7. An easy cameo for Will Smith would be to have him commanding a team who is “out there” looking for the aliens. He could be the one to send the word that they on their way. The transmission would be cut off in mid-sentence, and we wouldn’t know his fate until he arrives to save the day at the end of the movie.

    • Took the words right out of my mouth (but for the record he was not, I repeat, NOT kissing me!). Had the same thought, just have him off, finally, commanding a space mission.

  8. Come on, Will…I know you had rapping and Fresh Prince, but let’s be honest – Independence Day MADE him the Will Smith he is today…there would be no “Will Smith summer blockbuster magic” without Independence Day…I think he should get off his high horse and show some respect to the film that paved the way for him, and take a damn pay cut…come on…you wanna get back in people’s good graces after your last few box office failures – THIS IS IT. THIS IS HOW YOU DO THAT.

    • I would’ve said “Men In Black”

  9. The President had a daughter in the original?

    • Did you see the original? Of course he did.
      And she was probably the only actor in the bunch who wasn’t chewing on scenery.

      • Who?

  10. Why will smith would pass up a potential 1 billion dollar movie for the first time in his career
    causes me to scratch my head. Just take the paycut for the quality of movie and get a percentage
    Instead of acting like some greedy basketball player…

  11. Why don’t you eat a bowl of d**ks while he’s eating his fried chicken you racist prick.

    • ???

  12. That cameo idea is plain dumb!

  13. Whatever happened to doing something just because it would be fun? There are a lot of actors that make passion projects, indie films, and what not just because. Not for the paycheck, but because it seems like fun. I guess Will Smith has lost his edge.

  14. Will Smith will do this movie if they create (major)role for his son Jaden. Unfortunately, then the movie would suck and I would no longer want to see it. IMO.

  15. Are they really planing on doing a sequel to Stargate? I loved the movie and most of the t.v. shows. However, they made like 4 t.v. series after the movie. It seems like the sequel ship sailed a long time ago.

  16. Goldblum is back, that’s all I care about

  17. So Emmerich is no longer satisfied making bad new movies, he must remake bad ld movies.

  18. Her?

  19. I was critical of “After Earth” like a lot of other folks, but an “Independence Day 2 (much less a 3) is not going to work without Will Smith’s involvement. It doesn’t make sense for 20th Century Fox to waste their time and money otherwise.

    Most of Emmerich’s previous films haven’t required A-list stars (save “The Patriot” and “White House Down”), but back-to-back sequels to one of the biggest films of all time are going to demand it. After Birth will not define Will Smith’s film career any more than Lions For Lambs did for Tom Cruise.

  20. I’d watch it in a heart beat, IF Jeff Goldblum is in most of the scenes.
    I wouldn’t miss Will Smith, however he and Jeff played off one another very well.
    Jeff can do it without Will. Jeff G is an awesome actor! So is Will S, but he’s not any better then Jeff G, so why too expensive? Maybe he’s got too big of a head?

    • Its because Will brings monster money to the box office. Every time one of his movies is released, it makes huge amounts of money. I absolutely love Jeff G as well, however, I believe the movie will be many times better if Will Smith is in it. I’m sure the movie will still be entertaining and all without him, however, with him, it could be one of the best sequels ever. I believe it’s a big mistake not having Will Smith in it. Just having him in the movie, no matter if the movie is garbage or the greatest, will draw huge box office success due to it being a sequel to a beloved franchise and also the return of Cap. Hiller. If Will Smith is not in it, I’ll probably just wait until it comes on HBO, then catch it there. I always hate when they axe main characters off of movies. Makes the sequels seem like some kind of knock off to me.