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Ask and you shall receive! Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum back for Independence Day sequel

06.25.2013

Yesterday we mentioned that Will Smith would not be part of the INDEPENDENCE DAY sequel, but director Roland Emmerich did say some of the other characters might return.

The actors that immediately stood out were Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum. When Movies.com pressed Emmerich on who might return, he revealed that both Pullman and Goldblum we on board. Does that mean that you're on board now? Wait, can we have Brent Spiner too? Dean Devlin who co-wrote the script with Emmerich said he would be down with bringing him back, and out of his apparent coma.

Without having to pay Smith what he commands in salary these days, I'm sure it was easier to get both actors involved. While maybe just a cameo might have been nice, Smith returning to the sequel is not a deal breaker for me.

There's no word yet on what the plot will involve. All we know is that it will take place twenty years after the first which is a gimme since that's about how long ago the first was released.

INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 is set to release on July 3, 2015.

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5:48PM on 06/27/2013
I'm actually looking forward to see an alien invasion movie that has a post-9/11 feel to it, though I should imagine that in this movie universe that real life event couldn't possibly happen. Funny thing, if Will Smith decides to come back to the franchise it would actually makes sense that this time he has become the President of USA. It would have been an interesting role reversal of his character and Bill Pullman's.

Also, bring back Harry Connick Jr. Don't care how.
I'm actually looking forward to see an alien invasion movie that has a post-9/11 feel to it, though I should imagine that in this movie universe that real life event couldn't possibly happen. Funny thing, if Will Smith decides to come back to the franchise it would actually makes sense that this time he has become the President of USA. It would have been an interesting role reversal of his character and Bill Pullman's.

Also, bring back Harry Connick Jr. Don't care how.
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6:31PM on 06/26/2013

OK it works for me

Works for me these two are back. Will Smith has become very greedy and he prob would want this whole story to center in his character.
Works for me these two are back. Will Smith has become very greedy and he prob would want this whole story to center in his character.
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6:06PM on 06/26/2013
Bill Pullman was actually a cool president in this. The presidential speeches he gave in this were quite uplifting.
Bill Pullman was actually a cool president in this. The presidential speeches he gave in this were quite uplifting.
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4:34PM on 06/26/2013

I'm kinda looking forward to this.

Even if the original was dumb as a bag of bricks.
At this point it would be the only way (that I see) to save Will Smith's career from spiralling further down into Hasbeenville, so it's a shame he won't return.
Even if the original was dumb as a bag of bricks.
At this point it would be the only way (that I see) to save Will Smith's career from spiralling further down into Hasbeenville, so it's a shame he won't return.
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3:13PM on 06/26/2013

Good news

What about Robert Loggia? He's still around.
That's "R" as in Robert Loggia. "O" as in 'Oh my god, it's Robert Loggia'. "B" as in 'Bert, look over there it's Robert Loggia!'
What about Robert Loggia? He's still around.
That's "R" as in Robert Loggia. "O" as in 'Oh my god, it's Robert Loggia'. "B" as in 'Bert, look over there it's Robert Loggia!'
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3:07PM on 06/26/2013

Good news

What about Robert Loggia? He's still around.
That's "R" as in Robert Loggia. "O" as in 'Oh my god, it's Robert Loggia'. "B" as in 'Bert, look over there it's Robert Loggia!'
What about Robert Loggia? He's still around.
That's "R" as in Robert Loggia. "O" as in 'Oh my god, it's Robert Loggia'. "B" as in 'Bert, look over there it's Robert Loggia!'
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2:28PM on 06/26/2013
Yay !! Will Smith can keep dreaming up ways to force his kids down everyone's throats now , full time . Who the Hell cares ? Goldblum's back , so am I .
Yay !! Will Smith can keep dreaming up ways to force his kids down everyone's throats now , full time . Who the Hell cares ? Goldblum's back , so am I .
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11:07AM on 06/26/2013
I wonder if Will Smith knows how much the hatred of his children that he forced down our throats has ruined his career?! 20 years ago a sequel without Smith would have been unfathomable, now, a sequel WITH him is a deal breaker! But i am stoked Goldblum and Pullman will be back, now just get Judd Hirsch and Brent Spiner and we will be golden!
I wonder if Will Smith knows how much the hatred of his children that he forced down our throats has ruined his career?! 20 years ago a sequel without Smith would have been unfathomable, now, a sequel WITH him is a deal breaker! But i am stoked Goldblum and Pullman will be back, now just get Judd Hirsch and Brent Spiner and we will be golden!
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1:28PM on 06/26/2013
Not sure what timeline you're living in, SkyNet, but if someone came to me 20 years ago and told me that they were from the future, that the powers that be were planning a sequel to Independence Day--a movie that would not come out for another 3 years--and that they were NOT going to cast the Fresh Prince, I would probably let them off with a shrug and then go back to watching ninja turtles.
Not sure what timeline you're living in, SkyNet, but if someone came to me 20 years ago and told me that they were from the future, that the powers that be were planning a sequel to Independence Day--a movie that would not come out for another 3 years--and that they were NOT going to cast the Fresh Prince, I would probably let them off with a shrug and then go back to watching ninja turtles.
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10:36AM on 06/26/2013
Wouldn't Pullman's term up by now? I guess now that reboots are so 2010, the fad is making sequels to +15 year films....
Wouldn't Pullman's term up by now? I guess now that reboots are so 2010, the fad is making sequels to +15 year films....
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3:53AM on 06/27/2013
I think they'll go with a "called out of retirement" subplot for his character. He's probably kicking it back after being lauded as a hero, maybe going around colleges and making speeches, that sorta thing, but returns to fight the aliens when he finds out they're back.
I think they'll go with a "called out of retirement" subplot for his character. He's probably kicking it back after being lauded as a hero, maybe going around colleges and making speeches, that sorta thing, but returns to fight the aliens when he finds out they're back.
10:33AM on 06/26/2013

Weird

I would think Will Smith would be all over this after the flop that was After Earth.
I would think Will Smith would be all over this after the flop that was After Earth.
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10:08AM on 06/26/2013
WE NEED ADAM BALDWIN, WHY ISN'T THIS A BIG DEAL.
WE NEED ADAM BALDWIN, WHY ISN'T THIS A BIG DEAL.
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1:29PM on 06/26/2013
agreed so hard
agreed so hard
8:37AM on 06/26/2013

BALDWIN

Bring Back Adam Baldwin and im in
Bring Back Adam Baldwin and im in
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8:32AM on 06/26/2013

now

Bring back Vivica Fox and Margaret Colin !
And, about Smith character, it seems they didn't even asked Smith about returning... Maybe they should, first... Now, if he doesn't want to come back, make is character the first (off camera) victim of the new invasion, during a deep space mission...
Bring back Vivica Fox and Margaret Colin !
And, about Smith character, it seems they didn't even asked Smith about returning... Maybe they should, first... Now, if he doesn't want to come back, make is character the first (off camera) victim of the new invasion, during a deep space mission...
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2:29AM on 06/26/2013
Smith's character was always the least interesting. These two guys were the only ones I ever cared about getting back!
Smith's character was always the least interesting. These two guys were the only ones I ever cared about getting back!
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12:56AM on 06/26/2013
For those who say Smith needs this to get back on track with his career: I don't think he minds. I think he's just trying to set things up for his kids now. He's doing well and has a good thing going with Overbrook Entertainment which he started and acts as a producer to seek roles. Most of his movies since 1999 have been produced by this company with the exception of MIB...Of course ID4 was in 1996 so it was before he started the studio...I think fans brought him back for MIB but I don't think
For those who say Smith needs this to get back on track with his career: I don't think he minds. I think he's just trying to set things up for his kids now. He's doing well and has a good thing going with Overbrook Entertainment which he started and acts as a producer to seek roles. Most of his movies since 1999 have been produced by this company with the exception of MIB...Of course ID4 was in 1996 so it was before he started the studio...I think fans brought him back for MIB but I don't think he cares enough to be involved with things outside of his control ie another Independence Day movie.
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11:59PM on 06/25/2013

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I'm actually glad Will Smith won't be back. His character; or better yet - his portrayal of his character is what destroyed ID4 for me.
I'm actually glad Will Smith won't be back. His character; or better yet - his portrayal of his character is what destroyed ID4 for me.
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10:57PM on 06/25/2013

what if they got Jaden Smith to play the older version of Vivica A Fox's character's kid (i.e. Nicky from Fresh Prince) who now happens to be a rookie fight pilot?

i wouldn't care as long as Bill Pullman goes "GET 'EM OUTTA THERE!!!!" at some point.
i wouldn't care as long as Bill Pullman goes "GET 'EM OUTTA THERE!!!!" at some point.
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8:58AM on 06/26/2013
Then I would think that kids got some weird Benjamin Button disease, because Jaden is way too young.
Then I would think that kids got some weird Benjamin Button disease, because Jaden is way too young.
10:36PM on 06/25/2013
They should bring back Randy Quaid as an alien super soldier that was able to "destroy the first world domination forces" and that way the human race could save the world again by giving him alcohol.
They should bring back Randy Quaid as an alien super soldier that was able to "destroy the first world domination forces" and that way the human race could save the world again by giving him alcohol.
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10:12AM on 06/26/2013
stop it.
stop it.
10:35PM on 06/25/2013
This, um, is, ah, very, um, good news.
This, um, is, ah, very, um, good news.
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10:32PM on 06/25/2013

ID Down, JP to go!

It would have been cool to see Will Smith come back, but him not being there also opens up the possibility of a bigger story spanning over other leading characters. Plus as long as Goldblum is in it, I'll be there opening night.

Now..let's move this forward and sign him to Jurassic Park 4 as well, shall we? If not the lead, then supporting, and if not supporting, then at least a cameo!
It would have been cool to see Will Smith come back, but him not being there also opens up the possibility of a bigger story spanning over other leading characters. Plus as long as Goldblum is in it, I'll be there opening night.

Now..let's move this forward and sign him to Jurassic Park 4 as well, shall we? If not the lead, then supporting, and if not supporting, then at least a cameo!
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10:28PM on 06/25/2013
Really don't think anyone was asking for this, I like Goldblum as much as the next guy but this sequel is not needed.
Really don't think anyone was asking for this, I like Goldblum as much as the next guy but this sequel is not needed.
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8:56AM on 06/26/2013
While I agree it isn't needed, that is completely beside the point. And if we're gonna get it, this news is welcome.
While I agree it isn't needed, that is completely beside the point. And if we're gonna get it, this news is welcome.
10:04PM on 06/25/2013
"Forget the fat lady. You're obsessed with fat lady. Just get us out of here!"

Great news to have Goldblum AND Pullman back. Having Smith not in the sequel is not a deal breaker, but if he really wanted to get his career back on track, appearing in this sequel with a lower salary would be a good first step.

But yeah, can't wait to see what the sequel is going to be all about.
"Forget the fat lady. You're obsessed with fat lady. Just get us out of here!"

Great news to have Goldblum AND Pullman back. Having Smith not in the sequel is not a deal breaker, but if he really wanted to get his career back on track, appearing in this sequel with a lower salary would be a good first step.

But yeah, can't wait to see what the sequel is going to be all about.
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9:53PM on 06/25/2013
I am a Will Smith fan, but ID4 made his movie career. He needs to stop being a greedy bastard, lower his salary demands and be in the fucking movie.
I am a Will Smith fan, but ID4 made his movie career. He needs to stop being a greedy bastard, lower his salary demands and be in the fucking movie.
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9:16PM on 06/25/2013

i just...

man...i just don't care.
man...i just don't care.
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9:04PM on 06/25/2013
Smith needs a popular vehicle and this is it. I haven't seen After Earth but EVERYONE says its shit. Take a pay cut and get back on the horse Will.
Smith needs a popular vehicle and this is it. I haven't seen After Earth but EVERYONE says its shit. Take a pay cut and get back on the horse Will.
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8:53PM on 06/25/2013

Bring Back Randy Quaid!

I wish Smith would be back but having both of these two returning is just enough to justify a sequel IMO.
I wish Smith would be back but having both of these two returning is just enough to justify a sequel IMO.
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8:52PM on 06/25/2013
Jeff Goldblum was a must. Bill Pullman doesn't hurt at all. It'll be interesting to see how they write him back in, since his term is long since over. But I can already see a couple of scenarios for that. Not having Smith in this means it's not just 20th Reunion, and might actually have a good story behind it.

Biggest question is still how they are going to do the effects.
Jeff Goldblum was a must. Bill Pullman doesn't hurt at all. It'll be interesting to see how they write him back in, since his term is long since over. But I can already see a couple of scenarios for that. Not having Smith in this means it's not just 20th Reunion, and might actually have a good story behind it.

Biggest question is still how they are going to do the effects.
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8:38PM on 06/25/2013

yes

Now that will smith is out and these two are back I am game... WELCOME TO EARF
Now that will smith is out and these two are back I am game... WELCOME TO EARF
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8:16PM on 06/25/2013
yes awesome news! Now come up with a way to give us Randy Quaid back! Too bad Harry Connick Jr's character died. He was a likeable character.
yes awesome news! Now come up with a way to give us Randy Quaid back! Too bad Harry Connick Jr's character died. He was a likeable character.
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8:05PM on 06/25/2013
The sequel doesn't need or deserve Will Smith's ego. If he is not careful his stock will fall fast, I know as a fan I am slowly starting to lose respect for him. Plus Goldblum's character & the president were the best part of the movie. My friends & I used to quote that speech akk the time.

On a happier note, I am all for an Independence Day sequel. The summer of 1996 was a fun one, I had just graduated from HS & I saw ID4 at least 4 times, it holds a special place for me.
The sequel doesn't need or deserve Will Smith's ego. If he is not careful his stock will fall fast, I know as a fan I am slowly starting to lose respect for him. Plus Goldblum's character & the president were the best part of the movie. My friends & I used to quote that speech akk the time.

On a happier note, I am all for an Independence Day sequel. The summer of 1996 was a fun one, I had just graduated from HS & I saw ID4 at least 4 times, it holds a special place for me.
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8:01PM on 06/25/2013
Is she sleeping, Daddy?
Yeah honey, she's sleeping.
Is she sleeping, Daddy?
Yeah honey, she's sleeping.
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7:53PM on 06/25/2013
It makes sense that these two characters would come back.
It makes sense that these two characters would come back.
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7:44PM on 06/25/2013

Cool by me!

I like Will Smith, but this movie doesn't "need" him to continue this story. He was the ace pilot and personality break, to be sure--and I had fun watching his character deal in the first movie, but as long as Jeff Goldblum is there to give everyone that sense of awe as he inevitably has to explain the big picture or see things in a more grand way, then Im good. Thats enough continuity for me--
I like Will Smith, but this movie doesn't "need" him to continue this story. He was the ace pilot and personality break, to be sure--and I had fun watching his character deal in the first movie, but as long as Jeff Goldblum is there to give everyone that sense of awe as he inevitably has to explain the big picture or see things in a more grand way, then Im good. Thats enough continuity for me--
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7:41PM on 06/25/2013
Goldblum'll take them all down with nothing but an iPad and a stutter
Goldblum'll take them all down with nothing but an iPad and a stutter
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7:26PM on 06/25/2013
Dream castings..uh uh...find a way.
Dream castings..uh uh...find a way.
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7:25PM on 06/25/2013

Independence Day Part Deux

This movie wasnt all about Will Smith, yeah it might have played "the leader" in the movie sorta of speak, but this movie wasnt really carried on his shoulders alone. IF most of the other actors are involved then I am definitely excited to see this movie.
This movie wasnt all about Will Smith, yeah it might have played "the leader" in the movie sorta of speak, but this movie wasnt really carried on his shoulders alone. IF most of the other actors are involved then I am definitely excited to see this movie.
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7:25PM on 06/25/2013

Boom!

This makes me happy!

Now fingers crossed for a bigger role for Adam Baldwin! :-)
This makes me happy!

Now fingers crossed for a bigger role for Adam Baldwin! :-)
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7:23PM on 06/25/2013
Good news. I know it's cool to hate on Smith these days, but I'd like to see him return for a supporting role. He adds a good balance to the bunch, him being the cocky hero, Goldblum the geeky character and Pullman straight man of the bunch. Since after earth served him a slice of humble pie, maybe he'll reconsider and make this movie.
Good news. I know it's cool to hate on Smith these days, but I'd like to see him return for a supporting role. He adds a good balance to the bunch, him being the cocky hero, Goldblum the geeky character and Pullman straight man of the bunch. Since after earth served him a slice of humble pie, maybe he'll reconsider and make this movie.
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7:23PM on 06/25/2013
Who cares?
Who cares?
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10:06PM on 06/25/2013
How dare you!

Just kidding.
How dare you!

Just kidding.
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