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. (more…)
Independence Day 2
So much for that Ross Bagley comeback you were all counting on… Anyway, casting news! Everyday it seems that we’re actually going to be getting that long (and long and long) anticipated sequel to Independence Day, and nothing says “This is finally going to be a thing,” like casting news. It’s been a busy day for Independence Day 2 casting, which is strong sign because shooting will likely have to begin on the film before summer in order to meet its pre-determined Summer 2016 release date. Sadly, there’s no reason for Ross Bagely to get excited though, for his part, the pivotal role of Will Smith‘s character’s stepson from the first film, will now be played by an entirely new actor. (more…)
In a case of classic sibling rivalry, it seems that from Liam Hemsworth‘s point of view, if his big brother is going to save the world from aliens, then he’s going to get his chance too. Hemsworth, the younger brother of Thor star Chris Hemsworth, is the latest rumored cast addition to the sequel of the alien invasion, landmark exploding, 1996 hit from Roland Emmerich. Much of the casting speculation has had to do with returning cast members, who would be back for another go after surviving the first invasion in Independence Day, but with Will Smith reportedly sitting out the next chapter, the film will need a new fighter jock hunk to lead the charge when the aliens return, and it’s hard to get hunkier than a Hemsworth. (more…)
Fresh off his award-eligible role in “Law & Order: Civil Asset Forfeiture Unit,” Jeff Goldblum recently talked about the status of the Independence Day sequel and his part in it. It feels like it’s been a while since we heard anything about the follow-up to the nearly 20 year old alien invasion blockbuster, and maybe that’s a good thing. Still, there must be some kind of interest in seeing more ID4, and that’s why we keeping talking about it, and when you get a key player like Goldblum cornered, you’re obviously going to take the opportunity. So what of it, Goldblum? What’s the story with Independence Day Part 2: Independence Harder? (more…)
Sequels are a thing. They’re popular, earn studios a lot of money, and the notion isn’t going away any time soon. The sooner you come to accept that, the less angry you’ll feel when all your favorite films soon find themselves part of a series, a franchise, or worse, some “shared universe.” I’m not saying your rage isn’t warranted, but if you come to terms with the inevitability of shoddy sequels you’ll likely be less stressed out and maybe live longer. We here at Nerd Bastards are just looking out for you, man. (more…)
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. (more…)
Twentieth Century Fox was so eager to get a new Independence Day in front of our eyes that they crammed it into an already busy summer schedule by wedging it in to open on July 3rd, 2015. But now, perhaps sensing that they were rushing things, or perhaps sensing that opening somewhere between Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman Vs Superman was a miscalculation, Fox is pushing back the long-in-the-works alien invasion sequel to 2016. (more…)
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It’s been seventeen years since aliens invaded America and were welcomed to “Earf” by the fist of Will Smith and the computer talents of Jeff Goldblum in Roland Emmerich‘s Independence Day. With a sequel, the brilliantly named sequel Independence Day 2, announced this past June you would expect the starring cast to return, but right from the start Emmerich confirmed Smith would not be coming back.
Well, it now appears that Emmerich might have convinced Smith to return. In an interview with Digital Spy, the ID director said he’s arranged a meeting with Smith about hopefully reprising his role in the sequel saying:
“I sometimes say no, Will Smith will not be in it because he didn’t want to do it at first. Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. Anything can happen,”
He’s not lying there. Independence day ensured Will’s credit as an action star after his work in Bad Boys and it would be a bit of a shame not to see him return for the sequel. Even if he were to return in a smaller, possible cameo role towards the middle or end of Independence Day 2 it wouldn’t feel right to not have him included.
What do you think of the possible return?
Source: Coming Soon
After nearly twenty years, Independence Day, the 1996 blockbuster that–love it or hate it–helped define the big budget effects driven popcorn sci-fi flick subgenre, is set to begin filming.
Cameras will begin rolling next year, according to the L.A. Times. Roland Emmerich will return to direct, along with production partner Dean Devlin (Robin to Emmerich‘s Batman). And while Will Smith will apparently not be reprising his role as Captain Steven Hiller, Emmerich has confirmed, in an interview with Movies.com, that both Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman will be returning. Both actors have previously expressed interest in doing an Independence Day sequel, and although Will Smith has not, Emmerich still hopes he can convince him to at least do a cameo. This seems reasonable, as his character’s stepson apparently has an important role in the new film.
The plot seems pretty straightforward: It’s 20 years later, Humanity has managed to rebuild after the devastation caused by the invaders, helped by alien technology scavenged and engineered from the wreckage of their ships. All seems well, until a new mothership shows up, looking for a little payback…
But that’s just the beginning: Emmerich has stated previously that this sequel will be only the first chapter in an entire series of at least three films–possibly more.
Um…good luck with that, I guess.
Anyhoo, Independence Day 2 is scheduled for release on July 3, 2015.
We’ll see if anyone even remembers it’s coming out once Star Wars: Episode VII opens.
It’s too late to stop it now, but here’s 7 minutes (why they say 6 or less, I don’t know) of very good (and hilarious) reasons why a movie like Independence Day should NOT get a sequel.
If we’re lucky, they might at least put a stop to Emmerich‘s pipe dream of a film series: