Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
There have been a ton of casting announcements over the last month for Roland Emmerich‘s upcoming Independence Day sequel, some of which we have missed reporting on. With the news today that William Fichtner is joining the ensemble which is currently filming, I thought now is a good time to do a round up of the Independence Day sequel cast, giving you all of the details on who is involved, returning, not returning, and what roles they may have in the upcoming sequel.
The Plot: Independence Day sequel picks up roughly 20 years after the original when reinforcements of the original alien race arrive near Earth after finally receiving a distress call. Anew generation of fighters must gather to battle the next wave of extraterrestrials. FilmDivider has previously stated:
Because of some conceit with faster than light travel for the aliens, the new storyline will essentially pit the same generation of invaders against the next generation of Earth’s defence. That’s a good part of the premise, from the idea that humanity has assimilated alien technology in the last two decades, to the fact that the new, young characters, including members of the military, have all grown up in a post-invasion world.
The Creatives Involved: Roland Emmerich directs once again, and wrote the first draft of the script with Dean Devlin. Since then, James A. Woods, Nicolas Wright, and James Vanderbilt have all had a hand in the screenplay as well. Emmerich and Devlin are additionally producing with Harald Kloser.
The Release Date: Filming began on April 20, 2015. Independence Day 2 opens June 24, 2016, just in time for the actual Independence Day, and almost exactly 20 years after the opening of the original Independence Day. Emmerich has said that the movies will be called ID Forever Part I and ID Forever Part II, although the studio has not confirmed those titles.
New Cast Members
William Fichtner (Colonel Willie Sharp in Armageddon, The Bank Manager in The Dark Knight, Eric Stacks in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) will be playing a lead role in the upcoming film according to Deadline. The well-known character actor will play “a top general in that film and take an even larger role in the two films that will follow.”
Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) is playing the lead role of the film, Jake Morrison, a “hotshot pilot”. We know very little about Hemsworth’s character other than he is set to play former first daughter Patricia Whitmore’s love interest and Pullman’s son-in-law, the key role in the new cast.
Jessie Usher (When the Game Stands Tall, Survivor’s Remorse) will play Dylan Dubrow, the stepson of Will Smith’s character Marine pilot Steven Hiller. It was originally rumored that actor Michael B. Jordan was considered for this role in the film. This is supposedly a key role in the new film. Emmerich’s producing partner Harald Kloser noticed Jessie in between sets of pushups at the gym and gave him the audition.
Travis Tope (Boardwalk Empire) will play a new role, a character named Charlie. No word on how this character fits in the new story but the filmmakers have said that a gay character would be prominently featured, and this is likely the role.
Maika Monroe (It Follows, The Guest) will take over Mae Whitman‘s role as the former first daughter Patricia Whitmore and the love interest of Liam Hemsworth‘s character Jake Morrison.
With President Whitmore out of the oval office, there is a new commander in chief – Sela Ward (The Day After Tomorrow, Gone Girl) has been cast as the new President of the United States, President Lanford, successor to Bill Pullman’s character in the original film.
UK actor Deobia Oparei (Game of Thrones) will play Dikembe, the Oxford-educated son of an African warlord.
Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac) has been cast in an unknown role.
Joey King (OZ: The Great and Powerful, White House Down) is also joining the cast in an unspecified role.
8-year-old actress Mckenna Grace (The Young and the Restless) will play Daisy, but nothing else is known about the character.
Find out who is returning and not returning for the Independence Day sequel from the original Independence Day film after the jump.