'Independence Day 2': Jeff Goldblum, Jessie Usher & Liam Hemsworth Confirmed for Cast

Jeff Goldblum confirmed for Independence Day 2

20th Century Fox has green-lit Independence Day 2 to begin production in a few months, meaning the sequel looks to remain on schedule to arrive in theaters just in time to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of co-writer/director Roland Emmerich's original alien invasion blockbuster. As further evidence of that, Emmerich has now confirmed that Jeff Goldblum will be reprising his Independence Day role in the sequel, while also confirming two new cast additions.

Emmerich has said in the past that the Independence Day sequel - which picks up in real-time after its 1996 predecessor - will carryover some players from the first movie, while introducing several others. Case in point, the director has also announced that Liam Hemsworth is officially onboard for this new project - and, in a separate social media announcement, Emmerich revealed Jessie Usher (Level Up, Survivor's Remorse) is likewise part of the Independence Day 2 acting crew.

Independence Day 2 will reportedly pick up in the present-day, where humanity has found ways to utilize the alien invaders' technology for its own purposes, but is nonetheless caught off-guard when the remainder of the alien fleet (which has been traveling via wormhole for the past twenty years) suddenly shows up, and is ready to take over Earth. Emmerich didn't mention it in his Facebook post about Usher, but trade outlets such as THR are reporting that the latter will play the grown-up version of Dylan (Ross Bagley in the 1996 film).

Jessie Usher confirmed for Independence Day 2
Jessie Usher in 'When the Game Stands Tall'

Will Smith as Dylan's father, Steven Hiller, isn't expected to make an appearance in the sequel, so it remains to be seen how Smith's absence will be explained (if at all). Meanwhile, as mentioned before, Goldblum is returning as David Levinson, while Hungers Games franchise costar Hemsworth is playing one of the young leads - again, though, Emmerich didn't provide any further information, when he confirmed the pair by way of social media (see below).

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