A couple of days ago, Roland Emmerich said that Will Smith wouldn’t be back for the planned sequel to Independence Day as he was simply too expensive, but he did promise many of the original cast members would return.
Now Movies.com has been pressing Emmerich for news on who will be back, with the director telling them that both Jeff Goldblum, who played the genius David Levinson, and Bill Pullman, who was President Thomas Whitmore, will return. It’s not a surprise that Pullman is back, as he’s suggested as much himself, but many were wondering about Goldblum.
There’s still not much info on the plot of the film, believed to be called ID Forever, or how Goldblum and Pullman fit into it, although Emmerich has previously said its set 20 years after the first film and explores the repercussion of the alien attack.
There’s also no info on any of the other original cast, such as Judd Hirsch and Mary McDonell will return as well. Fox recently set a July 3rd, 2015 release date for the movie.