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Brent Spiner and Joey King join Independence Day 2

04.10.2015

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Roland Emmerich is plenty busy putting together a sequel that's nearly two decades overdue, but I digress. This latest bit of casting should appease some fans of the original, as it's been announced that Brent Spiner will be making return trip to the world of INDEPENDENCE DAY. Best known for his portrayal of Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Spiner went on to embody the eccentric Dr. Okun, who proved to be one of the more fun characters of the original film. Evidently director Roland Emmerich felt the same way, as he recently announced that he and Joey King (WISH I WAS HERE, WHITE HOUSE DOWN) have officially signed on to the sequel. You can check out Emmerich's original tweet below, as well as Brent Spiner's responses.

Brent Spiner's response to Roland Emmerich's announcement:

Replying to the claim that is character is dead:

Spiner and King join a growing cast that so far consists of Jeff Goldbum, Liam Hemsworth, Vivica Fox, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Jessie User. The original proved to be some fun, popcorn entertainment when it was released, but I admittedly haven't seen that movie in over a decade. On the flip side, Emmerich generally knows how to throw together a couple hours of entertainment, so perhaps the benefit of the doubt is in order. Besides, you can't put Jeff Goldblum into a movie and not expect to be entertained.

INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 will be released on June 24, 2016.

Perhaps this will be the tactic used in the sequel.

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4:59AM on 04/11/2015

bring back Randy Quaid!!

cool news, but didn't he die in the first one?
cool news, but didn't he die in the first one?
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11:09PM on 04/10/2015
THEY CLONED HIM!!!!!
THEY CLONED HIM!!!!!
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7:10PM on 04/10/2015
I'm excited to see what happened to Dr Okun over the last 20 years now we know he's not dead. Does he possess some kind of telepathy with the aliens since his body was taken over? Or any other form of side effect from the experience? I know I'd be pretty messed up after my body was high jacked by an alien!
I'm excited to see what happened to Dr Okun over the last 20 years now we know he's not dead. Does he possess some kind of telepathy with the aliens since his body was taken over? Or any other form of side effect from the experience? I know I'd be pretty messed up after my body was high jacked by an alien!
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1:22PM on 04/10/2015
So... He didn't die in the first one??...
So... He didn't die in the first one??...
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2:40PM on 04/10/2015
all we saw was an unresponsive Okun and someone taking his pulse. they never verbally confirmed he was dead, nor did Adam Baldwins face indicate (in an obvious fashion) that he was dead.
all we saw was an unresponsive Okun and someone taking his pulse. they never verbally confirmed he was dead, nor did Adam Baldwins face indicate (in an obvious fashion) that he was dead.
4:50PM on 04/10/2015
they filled his body with lead while he was jacked into the alien's hive mind, its entirely possible he'd still be under the control of the alien hive mind all this time just like the perfectly working space ship that Area 51 had since 1949, Roswell... right?

My question is, with all the shitty movies Will Smith has made recently... why didnt he fire his agent and sign on? It makes zero sense with all the crappy choices he's made recently.
they filled his body with lead while he was jacked into the alien's hive mind, its entirely possible he'd still be under the control of the alien hive mind all this time just like the perfectly working space ship that Area 51 had since 1949, Roswell... right?

My question is, with all the shitty movies Will Smith has made recently... why didnt he fire his agent and sign on? It makes zero sense with all the crappy choices he's made recently.
3:10AM on 04/11/2015
Because will smith is an actor who thinks he's a better actor than what he is - he owes this movie for making him big but his career has seriously bombed in the last few years and his credability is going the same way especially the more he tries to stick his awful talentless son in movies like after Earth. Bottom line Smith has always made the easy choice - he passed on the matrix and on Django. That being said although I diss him I hope he revives himself with his role as deadshot
Because will smith is an actor who thinks he's a better actor than what he is - he owes this movie for making him big but his career has seriously bombed in the last few years and his credability is going the same way especially the more he tries to stick his awful talentless son in movies like after Earth. Bottom line Smith has always made the easy choice - he passed on the matrix and on Django. That being said although I diss him I hope he revives himself with his role as deadshot
12:42PM on 04/10/2015
We all forget how screwy the cast of ID4 was. Will Smith was still kinda sorta not taken seriously as a movie star (I would argue he was just kind of the Straight, Black version of NPH or maybe Nick Cannon at that point), Bill Pullman was probably The Big Get as far as celebrity status. That chick who played Pullman's wife? Smoking hot, but still just That Chick. Jeff Goldblum was sort of the Zach Galifianakis or T.J. Miller of his day- a scene stealer, but not a lead. Judd Hirsch as the
We all forget how screwy the cast of ID4 was. Will Smith was still kinda sorta not taken seriously as a movie star (I would argue he was just kind of the Straight, Black version of NPH or maybe Nick Cannon at that point), Bill Pullman was probably The Big Get as far as celebrity status. That chick who played Pullman's wife? Smoking hot, but still just That Chick. Jeff Goldblum was sort of the Zach Galifianakis or T.J. Miller of his day- a scene stealer, but not a lead. Judd Hirsch as the Nebbishiest Jew Ever? Basically the cast of ID4 the Sequel seems no less unpredictable in its effect on the film's quality as the original cast.
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5:04AM on 04/11/2015
the chick who palyed Pullmans wife has been in other big films. She was in Sneakers with Robert Redford, and Dances with Wolves with Kevin Costner.
the chick who palyed Pullmans wife has been in other big films. She was in Sneakers with Robert Redford, and Dances with Wolves with Kevin Costner.
12:42PM on 04/10/2015
We all forget how screwy the cast of ID4 was. Will Smith was still kinda sorta not taken seriously as a movie star (I would argue he was just kind of the Straight, Black version of NPH or maybe Nick Cannon at that point), Bill Pullman was probably The Big Get as far as celebrity status. That chick who played Pullman's wife? Smoking hot, but still just That Chick. Jeff Goldblum was sort of the Zach Galifianakis or T.J. Miller of his day- a scene stealer, but not a lead. Judd Hirsch as the
We all forget how screwy the cast of ID4 was. Will Smith was still kinda sorta not taken seriously as a movie star (I would argue he was just kind of the Straight, Black version of NPH or maybe Nick Cannon at that point), Bill Pullman was probably The Big Get as far as celebrity status. That chick who played Pullman's wife? Smoking hot, but still just That Chick. Jeff Goldblum was sort of the Zach Galifianakis or T.J. Miller of his day- a scene stealer, but not a lead. Judd Hirsch as the Nebbishiest Jew Ever? Basically the cast of ID4 the Sequel seems no less unpredictable in its effect on the film's quality as the original cast.
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12:03PM on 04/10/2015
They should cast Rick Astley next!
They should cast Rick Astley next!
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