My immediate reaction to the news that Will Smith won’t return as Captain Steven Hiller in 20th Century Fox’s Independence Day 2 was pretty negative. Smith was the life of the party in the 1996 film that ends with Smith and Jeff Goldblum flying into an alien mothership and hitting it with a nuke.
But that was nearly 20 years ago, and since then Smith has lost his charisma. It’s not necessarily his selection of jobs – even though After Earth was questionable – it’s his lack of body of work. Maybe ID4 2 was just what the doctor ordered, but either way I’m not sure if I care anymore. It’s not as if I trust director Roland Emmerich either…
Variety reported the news while adding that Emmerich is still attached to direct with Dean Devlin set to produce. James Vanderbilt penned the script.
Sources previously said that even if Smith passes on the project, there is a plan on how to do the film without him.
The pic bows July 4, 2016.