Liam Hemsworth ‘offered lead role’ in ‘Independence Day’ sequel

Long-planned sequel is set for release on June 24, 2016

Liam Hemsworth is reportedly being lined up to star in the forthcoming Independence Day sequel.

According to TheWrap, the Hunger Games actor has been offered the lead in the follow-up, which is titled ID Forever. However, a representative for 20th Century Fox has declined to comment on the report.

20th Century Fox gave the sequel a green light back in November. Shooting is due to start in May for a planned release date of June 24, 2016 – just in time for the 20th anniversary of the original starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum, 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.

Smith is said not to be returning for the sequel, but Pullman and Goldbum are expected to reprise their original roles. Director Roland Emmerich will also be back 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.