Jeff Goldblum is reprising his role from the first film, but Will Smith isn't
Charlotte Gainsbourg is poised to join the cast of Independence Day 2.
The Anglo-French actress and singer, best known for her roles in Lars von Triers’ Antichrist, Melancholia and Nymphomaniac, is “in talks” for a role in the long-awaited sci-fi sequel, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Gainsbourg would become the third new cast member for Independence Day 2 following Liam Hemsworth and rising star Jessie Usher, who landed lead roles earlier this month (March). Usher, 23, best known for his role in US basketball drama series Survivor’s Remorse, will play the son of Will Smith’s character from the first film, Captain Steven Hiller. Smith is not returning for the sequel.
Hemsworth’s character is currently unknown. He and Usher will be joined in Independence Day 2 by Jeff Goldblum, who is reprising his role as satellite technician David Levinson from the first film.
20th Century Fox gave the sequel a green light back in November. Independence Day 2 is set for release on June 24, 2016 – just in time for the 20th anniversary of the original starring Smith, Goldbum and Bill Pullman which followed a last-ditch effort to thwart an alien invasion taking place on July 4; the day of America’s annual Independence Day holiday.
Director Roland Emmerich is returning to shoot the sequel to his 1996 blockbuster. Dean Devlin, who co-penned the original’s screenplay with Emmerich, has also been involved in the writing process second time around.
Independence Day 2 has been in the works for some time, with Emmerich and Devlin first trying to devise a storyline around a decade ago. Back in 2012, Emmerich spoke about the possibility of making a pair of Independence Day sequels, but at present, 20th Century Fox has only given a green light to one new film.