Will Smith Won’t Be in ‘Independence Day 2′; Cast Will Be Half New Characters

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It’s taken 17 years, but Fox has at last dated Independence Day 2 to hit theaters during (when else?) the Fourth of July holiday frame in 2015. The sequel will pick up in real-time, some twenty years after the first movie. However, co-writers Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich (the latter is returning to direct) have revealed that ID4-2 takes place in an alternate present-day reality, where humanity has spent the last two decades harvesting the alien technology featured in the first movie.

Cast-wise, Independence Day 2 is expected to bring back characters from the first film – like former U.S. president Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman) and MIT graduate-turned cable repairman Dave Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) – but Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) won’t be among them. Similarly, the cast will be half new characters, some of whom may become more prominently featured in a third installment (assuming the first sequel is a satisfactory box office hit).

Devlin and Emmerich had mapped out the ID4 sequel as a two-part narrative arch, under the working title ID Forever Part I & II. The latter has informed Collider that “I think [Fox] decided to only do one first” for the time being, and has set James Vanderbilt (the writer for Emmerich’s White House Down) to polish off the script.

That’s understandable, given that Emmerich’s disaster blockbuster formula isn’t so fresh nowadays (following ID4The Day After Tomorrow and 2012), and the self-contained nature of ID4 gives all the more reason to wonder if demand for a sequel is so high after many years. Not to mention, the number of alien films released in recent years – a handful of which proved to be mediocre or worse – make it harder to get enthused about yet another blockbuster that feature extraterrestrials in an apocalyptic scenario (the end-of-the-world sub-genre is, likewise, starting to feel over-saturated at this point).

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As for Smith’s lack of involvement, Emmerich told the NY Daily News:

“Will Smith can not come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name. It would be too much. We have like maybe half of the people that you know would know from the first film (in the script) and the other half people who are new.”

What’s funny is that Smith has made it known that he doesn’t want to turn into “the sequel guy,” and yet many of his oft-rumored upcoming projects are followups to his previous tentpole successes (Bad Boys 3, Hancock 2, I Am Legend 2, etc.). While M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth – which stars Will and his son Jaden – has performed below expectations, the sci-fi film has still managed to take in $172 million worldwide; meaning, the ex-Fresh Prince’s ability to get projects green-lit probably won’t take that big a hit (and it won’t change his mind about not becoming the go-to guy for sequels).

Moreover, Will Smith’s recent performance in Men in Black III was lacking and felt almost phoned-in; it’s no surprise that he’s not interested in making a fourth movie right now (in my opinion). That’s to say, his focus appears more on tackling challenging dramatic roles at this stage in his career anyway, along the lines of those from The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds and the upcoming Winter’s Tale.

Maybe Smith would come back if Emmerich were developing Co-Dependence Day instead?


Independence Day 2 invades theaters on July 3rd, 2015.

Source: Collider, NY Daily News

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  2. Couldnt care less about the sequel if Will Smith isnt in it, i’m sure not gonna pay to see it.

    • Or as the good reverend would say, “Why we on this move to get Will Smith
      out of this mission, we know that without the black knight’s Captain Steve
      Hiller, that they will not come out victorious at the box office.”

      “Amen Reverend”

      Wondering if this has anything to do with black listing black actors???

  3. Well if Will Smith will not be in ID2, that just about
    counts me out! Cya!

  4. I definitely will NOT see it if Will Smith isn’t – Will Jeff Goldblum be in it? Will Vikica A. Fox be in it??? Will Bill Pullman be in it???

  5. I definitely won’t it if Will Smith isn’t in!!! Will Jeff Goldblum, Vicaki A. Fox, Bill Pullman be in it?????

    • I believe that both Pullman and Goldblum are attached, haven’t heard anything about Fox.

  6. Did Brent Spider ever get signed? He’s not dead. Just in a coma.

  7. Without Will Smoth it won’t work because thee interest in the movie will be what happened to the original cast members. Will Smith gave it the comedic and hero element all in one. Without that it would be dry. UNLESS they can find someone who can do both like Will Smith and I can’t think of anyone right now that can be both comedy and hero at same time. Be careful you guys, better take a risk and cast Will Smith in a minor role in addition to a new leadinf face, maybe his son??? not the real life son but one for the movie. But, without Will Smith, this sequel won’t work.

    • They willl do just as good without Will Smith. I think this is a mistake on Will Smith’s part because this movie will be awesome. Many other characters in the movie made it funny too. IT wasn’t just Will Smith. There were many. Can’t wait. It will be sold out here.

  8. Will should check his ego. He and his kid have crashed and burned totally here of late. This could be a grat movie with mankind as one especially given the current political climate. Using alien tech to go after some really sinister aliens. Come together now more than ever

  9. the world has harvested the alien technology, dont you mean america

  10. This movie will NOT BE THE SAME OR GOOD WITHOUT THE THREE MAIN GUY CHARACTERS IN IT & WILL SMITH IS ONE OF THEM. You can’t have a sequel without, whether or not he is expensive to have. For a major hit bring him back because those three guys that were in it made that movie and a hell of a good one too!!

    • I would definitely mind if Will is not in the movie ….

  11. No Will? I vote for Damon Wayans as just one of many African American actors who could fit the bill. No shortage of them.

  12. I’m tired of studios pumping out movies without the original cast or the right script etc.

    • amen to that !

  13. No WILL SMITH , no Independance day 2 …very simple ….