Another actor from the first Independence Day film is making a return for the sequel, Independence Day 2. Vivica A Fox is set to reprise her role as Jasmine Dubrow from the 1996 original film. She joins Jeff Goldblum as the only two actors – so far – to come back to reprise their respective role. Will Smith will not return, and Bill Pullman says he will be back but there has been no confirmation as of yet. Hopefully they’ve at least talked to Mae Whitman about reprising her role as the president’s daughter Patricia Whitmore.
The cast for Fox’s Independence Day 2 is coming together with the announcement that Jessie Usher has signed on for a role. Usher is the star of the Starz series Survivor’s Remorse, which is created by and executive produced by Mike O’Malley and executive produced by LeBron James, and has also starred in When the Game Stands Tall and the TV series Level Up.
The actor will play the son of Will Smith’s character in the original 1996 blockbuster, which was one of the movies to help Smith break out as a box office superstar. At the moment Smith is said to not be reprising his role as Captain Steven Hiller, the military pilot who helped to take down the alien mothership nearly 20 years ago. Ross Bagley, who is a little over three years older than Usher is, played Smith’s son Dylan in the first movie.
Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Expendables 2) is rumored to be in talks for a role in the Independence Day sequel, ID Forever. Directed by Ronald Emmerich, the film will pick up 20 years after the events of the first.
Hemsworth joins Michael B. Jordan as actors who have reportedly been offered a role in the film. What role has been offered to Hemsworth is not yet known, and Fox has declined any comment on the report, according to The Wrap.
Will Smith was once the one star you could bank on making a successful summer blockbuster. But apart from recent efforts like After Earth, a turn to more dramatic projects, and molding his kids’ careers, we haven’t seen the actor grace the big screen much.
When plans for a series of Independence Day sequels started to arise, one of the first questions was how many actors would be coming back to reprise their roles. Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblumwere confirmed to be one of the major stars to return, but according to Roland Emmerich, Smith’s price tag may be too high just to reprise a role. That was back in June. Now the director is singing a slightly different tune as he has revealed that he has been in talks with the actor.
We just found out that Will Smith might not be appearing in the two plannedIndependence Day sequels because his price tag is far too high. Some would argue that doing the movie without Smith’s face plastered on all of the posters, no matter what the price is, is pointless. But they’ve been prepared to make the sequels without the megastar for a couple of years now at least.
While doing a Q&A session for his latest movie, White House Down, director Roland Emmerich was asked about what other stars of the first movie we might see in Independence Day 2 we might see return if not Smith, to which he replied that both Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman were on board so far.