The first casting announcements have been made or Roland Emmerich’s sequel, Independence Day 2. First off Jessie Usher (above) has been cast in the lead role as Will Smith’s Son. Smith will not be returning to the sci-fi series which made him a worldwide star.
Emmerich has also confirmed via Twitter that Jeff Goldblum will reprise his role as David Levinson, and Liam Hemsworth has also been cast as the Son of Bill Pullman’s President. Reports are suggesting that Pullman will also return.
— Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) March 4, 2015
Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods wrote the script. Carter Blanchard rewrote the first draft of the script that was done by Emmerich and Dean Devlin, and then James Vanderbilt. Emmerich is producing with Devlin and Harald Kloser. The green light means that Fox, Emmerich and Devlin can release the film for the 2016 July 4 weekend, marking the 20th anniversary of the 1996 original that grossed $811 million worldwide.
Production is rumoured to begin in May.
While no official plot details have yet been released, back in 2013 Emmerich revealed the following details about the sequel:
“The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back. And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years….It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. [Humans] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane”