Roland Emmerich, director of 1996’s last-stance science-fiction film Independence Day, has divulged further information on the plans for 2015’s sequel, including a release date and an update on the cast.
Whilst Emmerich noted that the film accommodates for certain characters to return, not all of the original cast are Will-in and able. Apparently, previous humanity-saving feats count as ‘invasion inflation’, and dramatically increase the cost of a repeat performance, with Emmerich deeming Will Smith’s price tag as an insurmountable obstacle. Whilst promoting the imminent release of his latest action-thriller, White House Down, he revealed to NY Daily News “Will Smith cannot come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name. It would be too much.”
With Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Randy Quaid, Mary McDonnell, Brent Spiner, James Duval and Vivica A. Fox having featured in the original, the second-coming of the aliens is likely to be met with some familiarly high-profile faces. Pullman’s return has been strongly hinted at, though with the sequel taking place 20 years after 1996’s federal holiday disaster, his continued presidency seems as unlikely as it does impressive.
Whilst Pullman, head of state or not, is likely to reengage in extra-terrestrial battle, he will have some fresh-faced comrades, as Emmerich announced “We have like maybe half of the people that you would know from the first film, and the other half are people who are new.”
Again penned by Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the film, which Emmerich had previously referred to as ID Forever Part I, is set for release on July 3rd, 2015, with the aliens displaying a continued disregard for the Declaration of Independence.
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