While it’s pretty much been a given that Will Smith had no interest in reprising his role in the Independence Day sequel, people’s hopes and dreams persist. Now, we here at Nerd Bastards can proudly crush those dreams with the official news that Smith will not be involved in ID2 in any way, shape or form. And no, it’s not more speculation – this info comes from the mouth of Smith himself.
Finally putting the Internet chatter to rest, Smith talked to the folks at Fox and told them it was a no-go. Luckily, the writers were ready for this eventuality and had two scripts ready, one with Smith’s character of Captain Steven Hiller in it and one without. So Independence Day fans can at least still cross their fingers that the sequel will hit the big screen during its predicted 2016 July 4th weekend.
Of course, director Roland Emmerich wasn’t exactly counting on Smith being involved. Much of the cast is changing and some concerns have been voiced in the past that Smith’s current star status might steal away the attention from everyone else in the film. So I guess this is a win-win for everyone involved?
What say you, o’ Nerd Readers? Do you think Will Smith would have helped or hindered ID2?
Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads-up.