Will Smith Out of Independence Day Sequel

Jason McDonald

Who will welcome the aliens to Earth? It won’t be Will Smith apparently.  A sequel to “Independence Day” has been kicking around for years and Will Smith’s participation in the sequel has been an uncertainty for just as long.  Now it appears as if we have our definitive answer.

Deadline is reporting that Will Smith will not be returning to reprise his role of Captain Steven Hiller.  According to Mike Fleming Jr., who wrote the article, Will Smith will have final discussions with director/producer Roland Emmerich in the near future.  Fleming suggests that it’s possible things could change, but Will Smith seems set on not returning to the project.

The drama of whether or not Will Smith would return to the movie has been so influential on this project’s development that screenwriter James Vanderbilt has had to work on two different scripts.  One uses Will Smith’s character as a central figure in the story while another is devoid of him entirely.

With a release date set for July 4th 2016, a concrete decision about Smith’s role in the film has to be made soon.  This project has to start moving forward and that can’t be done if it’s split in two directions.  Though the original film had a strong ensemble cast, there’s no doubt that Smith’s involvement in a sequel would have been a major draw for the general masses.   The success of this sequel seems more uncertain now than ever before.

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      1. Toby Hernandez February 8, 2014 at 12:25 am

        Most likely The Rock or Mark Wahlberg. Hollywood likes to put them in everything these days to make a quick buck.

        • Marc Hughes February 8, 2014 at 2:32 am

          Oh god no please not Mark Wahlberg…Will someone for the love of god please stop him from acting he isn’t any good…

      2. NanaDonna Castello February 8, 2014 at 12:26 am

        I won’t see it.

      3. John Scotto February 8, 2014 at 12:30 am

        Since the movie isn’t necessary who the fuck cares?

      4. Georganne February 8, 2014 at 1:12 am

        In the movie I noticed that Will Smith did some of his Fresh Prince routine.

      5. Paul Luebbert February 8, 2014 at 6:40 am

        why make 2 the first one sucked anything will smiths in sucks lol

      6. Kimberly Downing-Gerler February 8, 2014 at 4:29 pm

        Why would they even make another one? Come up with something original!!

        • Dennis Francis February 8, 2014 at 7:39 pm

          Roland originally had a Trilogy planned before the original came out. He just wanted to wait for the time to be right.

      7. Dennis Francis February 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm

        Cant wait for this movie. Especially since Smith is out.

      8. Jeremy Todd February 9, 2014 at 12:31 am

        It will be Jayden

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca February 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

          you are probably onto something and the thought makes me want to vomit.