With each new casting announcement, we must accept that after almost 20 years, we’re finally going to get that Independence Day sequel that’s been teased at since the original’s patriotically crowd-pleasing end. The year was 1996. America had won the Cold War and the only thing left to fear was death from above in 15-mile wide spaceships. Fortunately, these trying times produced a hero whose stirring rhetoric led a devastated country, and planet, to victory over invanding extra-terrestrials. Now the question is, can he do it again? In an official announcement today, ID4 director Roland Emmerich confirmed that Bill Pullman will be back as President Thomas Whitmore. More importantly though, Judd Hirsch will also return as Jeff Goldblum‘s stubbornly Jewish father Julius Levinson.
Via Twitter, Emmerich announced the casting news:
— Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) April 17, 2015
Pullman and Hirsh down join fellow returnees from the original Independence Day Jeff Goldblum, Brent Spiner, and Vivica A. Fox, along with new additions Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Travis Tope, and Joey King.
Pullman’s return has always seemed like a forgone conclusion. With the actor pimping the sequel for years, and the almost zero chance of Will Smith returning, it was basically an imperative that the former President sign up again to fight alien invaders. As for Hirsch, that’s just a bonus. His interplay with on-screen son Goldblum, and everyman point-of-view lead to much comedic relief in the first Independence Day. There’s still no official plot description for the movie available, but its assumed that Independence Day 2 will take play two decades after part 1 and involved new and old characters teaming up to repell a second wave of E.T.s needing their asses kicked.
With President Whitmore back in the Oval Office (so to speak) let us ask the real question of the day: will we get another speech as good as this?
I guess we’ll find out when Independence Day 2 comes out in theaters everywhere July 2016.