‘Independence Day 2’ cast and director to take part in live stream event next week

Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox and Roland Emmerich will all take part

The cast and director of Independence Day 2 are to take part in a special live stream Q&A event next week.

Director Roland Emmerich will be joined by cast members including Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Jesse Usher and Sela Ward for the #IndependenceDayLive event, which will take place next Tuesday (June 23) at 2am UK time, streamed live from the set of Independence Day 2. Fans will be able to watch live on Facebook and YouTube. Fans can submit their questions for Emmerich and the cast to answer now using the #IndependenceDayLive hashtag on social media.

Original Independence Day director Emmerich started shooting the sequel to his 1996 blockbuster in New Mexico last month (May). 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, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sela Ward, William Fichtner and It Follows actress Maika Monroe, 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 in June or July 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.