‘Prison Break’ actor William Fichtner joins cast of ‘Independence Day 2’

He joins Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jeff Goldblum in the sci-fi sequel

William Fichtner is the latest addition to the cast of Independence Day 2.

Director Roland Emmerich announced on Twitter that Fichtner, whose most notable roles include Prison Break, Elysium and last year’s Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, has joined the sequel’s cast, but did not reveal which role he will be playing.

Original Independence Day director Emmerich started shooting the sequel to his 1996 blockbuster 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 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 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.