Vivica A. Fox confirmed to return for ‘Independence Day 2’

She joins Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum and rising star Jesse Usher in the sequel

Vivica A. Fox has joined the cast of Independence Day 2.

In the original 1996 Independence Day film, Fox played exotic dancer Jasmine Dubrow, the girlfriend and then wife of Will Smith’s character, Captain Steve Hiller. Taking to Twitter last night (March 23), director Roland Emmerich confirmed that she will reprise her role in the sequel.

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, is to play the son of his and Fox’s characters. The sequel’s cast also includes Liam Hemsworth, whose role is currently unknown, and Jeff Goldblum, who is reprising his role as satellite technician David Levinson from the first film. Meanwhile, Charlotte Gainsbourg is said to be “in talks” for a role in the 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.