Director Roland Emmerich starts shooting ‘Independence Day 2’

Teen actress Joey King tweets that she's about to begin filming with director Roland Emmerich

Shooting appears to have started on Independence Day 2.

Teen actress Joey King, known for her roles in the Fargo TV series and on the big screen in White House Down and The Conjuring, tweeted on Monday (April 20) that she was about to begin filming the sci-fi sequel with director Roland Emmerich. However, King did not reveal her role in the sequel.

Original Independence Day director 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.

Will Smith is not returning for the sequel, but 23-year-old newcomer Jesse Usher, best known for his role in US basketball drama series Survivor’s Remorse, has been cast as the son of Smith’s character from the original, Captain Steve Hillier. The sequel’s cast also includes Liam Hemsworth and Charlotte Gainsbourg, whose roles are currently unknown, as well as Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum and Vivica Fox, who are all reprising their roles from the first film.

20th Century Fox finally gave the long-awaited 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, 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.