Independence Day sequel

Returning Independence Day Cast

Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day

Jeff Goldblum reprises his role as David Levinson, the brilliant computer expert who helped President Thomas Whitmore beat back the invading alien forces in the first film. We have seen a photo of Goldblum on the set of the film. We have heard David will have a new love interest in this film, but we’re not sure which older female character will serve this role, possibly Sela Ward?

Brent Spiner id4

Brent Spiner (Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation) will be reprising his role as Dr. Okun from Independence Day. Producer Devlin has implied the character is merely in a coma when he appears to have been killed by an alien in the original film. We don’t know what the character will be doing in the new film, but its easy to assume the unkempt and excitable scientist is still in charge of extraterrestrial research somewhere, if not still at Area 51.

Judd Hirsch id4

Judd Hirsch will be reprising his role as Julius Levinson, the father of Jeff Goldblum’s character David Levinson.

Vivica A. Fox id4

Vivica A. Fox is returning to reprise her role as Jasmine Dubrow, who was the wife of Will Smith’s character Steven Hiller in the original film. With Smith not set to return, we don’t know exactly what kind of part her character may play in the upcoming story but considering Jessie Usher is playing her son, you could assume there will be a mother/son story at play here. I’m also assuming her character has moved on from her former job as a stripper.

Bill Pullman id4

Bill Pullman will reprise his rile as the former President of the United States Whitmore. He is no longer the commander of the free world, but it seems like he has some next generation money in the game as his daughter and son-in-law play key figures in the new plot.

Not Returning For ID4 2

Will Smith

Despite the fact that both Emmerich and Devlin had publicly expressed a desire for Will Smith, who played Marine pilot Steven Hiller, to return for the sequels, the actor was reluctant to return after Fox supposedly refused to provide the $50 million salary demanded by Smith for the two sequels. The film was rewritten to not include Smith’s character.

Mae Whitman ID4

Mae Whitman (Parenthood) wasn’t even on the short list for the sequel to reprise her role as the former first daughter Patricia Whitmore. This move angered fans of the actress and even earning an angry tweet from her Scott Pilgrim co-star Anna Kendrick.

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