September 6, 2013
Will Smith in talks to star in 'Independence Day 2'
Long-awaited sequel is scheduled to open in cinemas in June 2015
Will Smith could appear in Independence Day 2 after all, the film's director has revealed.
In June of this year (2013) the long-awaited sequel was given an official release date: July 3, 2015. Shortly afterwards director Roland Emmerich said Smith would not be reprising his role as Captain Steven Hillier because he is now "too expensive".
However, the director now appears to have had a change of heart. "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 told Digital Spy.
Emmerich has already confirmed that Bill Pullman will be back as President Thomas J Whitmore and Jeff Goldblum will be returning as geeky computer expert David Levinson. The original film, released in 1996, followed a last-ditch effort to thwart an alien invasion taking place on July 4 – the day of America's annual Independence Day holiday.
Emmerich wrote the original Independence Day with Dean Devlin and the pair also collaborated on the script for the sequel, which is now getting a rewrite from James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man, Zodiac).
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