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Could Will Smith return for Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2?

Sep. 5, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Director Roland Emmerich recently announced the sequel to INDEPENDENCE DAY and dropped some details about the plot and characters, much to the chagrin of fans everywhere. While there's a lot of love for the first INDEPENDENCE DAY it's been a long road to a sequel and many feel that it may have lost that momentum. However, with returning stars Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum apparently locked down and a 2015 release date in the cards, there is certainly potential to knock another one out of the park. The primary detractor is Will Smith, who rose to stardom with INDEPENDENCE DAY and has since gone on to become one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. Emmerich said that Smith would not be returning to the sequel, ironically, because of his salary, but the director backpedalled on that comment recently, while speaking to Digital Spy, saying:

"I sometimes say no, Will Smith will not be in it because he didn't want to do it at first. Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. Anything can happen."

So, perhaps after the lackluster summer dud AFTER EARTH and recent desire to change things up, Smith may be game to get back in the saddle of a successful franchise after all. Certainly there's no guarantee that his cigar-chomping, alien-punching, fighter pilot character will be back, but without Smith the sequel will likely feel like a family reunion that not everyone could make it to. Sure, it's a cheesy, overblown family reunion, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun. For Smith it could be a return to form of sorts, even if it's more of the same. It's still more of the same that made him popular to begin with.

INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 is scheduled for release on July 3, 2015, but based on this interview that's pretty shaky.

Extra Tidbit: I'd rather see Smith do Independence Day 2 than MIB4. You?
Source: Digital Spy

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4:42AM on 09/07/2013
Man, I hope this is as good as that 'Showgirls 2' clip Joblo posted.
Man, I hope this is as good as that 'Showgirls 2' clip Joblo posted.
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9:47AM on 09/06/2013
No thanks, Smith has run his course. If he signs on he will require a part for Jaden, who is terrible at acting. Always has that look on his face, "my dad bought me a movie for my birthday"
No thanks, Smith has run his course. If he signs on he will require a part for Jaden, who is terrible at acting. Always has that look on his face, "my dad bought me a movie for my birthday"
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6:58AM on 09/06/2013
Despite taking the time to comment, not really excited about the sequel. As for Smith's involvement, I'm just really suprised to see the man doing a sequel, clearly thats not his thing.
Despite taking the time to comment, not really excited about the sequel. As for Smith's involvement, I'm just really suprised to see the man doing a sequel, clearly thats not his thing.
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2:36AM on 09/06/2013

yeah much rather an independence day 2 than MIB 4!

This is cool news. I wish they had found a way to bring back Randy Quaid too. He was a fun character, and I miss him in movies!
This is cool news. I wish they had found a way to bring back Randy Quaid too. He was a fun character, and I miss him in movies!
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2:47AM on 09/06/2013
Redneck Pilot Ghost!
Redneck Pilot Ghost!
2:33AM on 09/06/2013
Wouldn't be a priority for me. They've locked down Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman and I'm thrilled at that! I think a new actor playing a different lead character alongside those guys would be the right direction to take this in.
Wouldn't be a priority for me. They've locked down Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman and I'm thrilled at that! I think a new actor playing a different lead character alongside those guys would be the right direction to take this in.
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2:00AM on 09/06/2013
I dont know about this sequel. I mean when you wait that long to make a sequel, it does not seem that interesting. This movie really does not need a sequel, on its own its a classic movie...maybe even Roland Emmerich's best. :
Yeah, it would be cool to have Will Smith aboard this sequel because it would give the sequel more attractiveness, not that Jeff Goldbum doesnt,
I dont know about this sequel. I mean when you wait that long to make a sequel, it does not seem that interesting. This movie really does not need a sequel, on its own its a classic movie...maybe even Roland Emmerich's best. :
Yeah, it would be cool to have Will Smith aboard this sequel because it would give the sequel more attractiveness, not that Jeff Goldbum doesnt,
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12:03AM on 09/06/2013
im not feeling the sequel for this film. with the success the first one had i swore they were going to make a sequel when the film was at its prime, but waiting almost 20 yrs to do one just isnt vibing with me. hope it bring something different
im not feeling the sequel for this film. with the success the first one had i swore they were going to make a sequel when the film was at its prime, but waiting almost 20 yrs to do one just isnt vibing with me. hope it bring something different
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12:02AM on 09/06/2013
WELCOME TO ERF!

That's all I'm here to say. :p
WELCOME TO ERF!

That's all I'm here to say. :p
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11:58PM on 09/05/2013
im not feeling the sequel for this film. with the success the first one had i swore they were going to make a sequel when the film was at its prime, but waiting almost 20 yrs to do one just isnt vibing with me. hope it bring something different
im not feeling the sequel for this film. with the success the first one had i swore they were going to make a sequel when the film was at its prime, but waiting almost 20 yrs to do one just isnt vibing with me. hope it bring something different
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9:28PM on 09/05/2013
Yes, I want MIB4 with a new cast, so I prefer Will doing Independence 2. Or maybe none of them, Im not a fan of the guy... sorry!
Yes, I want MIB4 with a new cast, so I prefer Will doing Independence 2. Or maybe none of them, Im not a fan of the guy... sorry!
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9:19PM on 09/05/2013
It wouldn't be the same without him.
It wouldn't be the same without him.
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8:48PM on 09/05/2013
I really not sure about this flick. I know that if Will Smith is going to demand his.high dollar pay then I'm all for leaving his character out of the movie.
I really not sure about this flick. I know that if Will Smith is going to demand his.high dollar pay then I'm all for leaving his character out of the movie.
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7:07PM on 09/05/2013
The only reason they may be thinking of doing MIB4 is because MIB3 was successful, both creatively and commercially. However, MIB could easily go the way of Die Hard and Indianna Jones with each subsequent sequel having lost some of the magic of the previous movie. Obviously if there is already a story for Independence Day 2 and possibly 3 then that's what Will Smith should be working on, even if it means he isn't the star.
The only reason they may be thinking of doing MIB4 is because MIB3 was successful, both creatively and commercially. However, MIB could easily go the way of Die Hard and Indianna Jones with each subsequent sequel having lost some of the magic of the previous movie. Obviously if there is already a story for Independence Day 2 and possibly 3 then that's what Will Smith should be working on, even if it means he isn't the star.
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5:39PM on 09/05/2013
anyone even care about this anymore?
anyone even care about this anymore?
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4:53PM on 09/05/2013
His careers been on the decline the past few years, so he's gonna pull a Vin Diesel and return to all the stuff that made him famous. Expect a MiB 4 to be coming down the pipeline soon.
His careers been on the decline the past few years, so he's gonna pull a Vin Diesel and return to all the stuff that made him famous. Expect a MiB 4 to be coming down the pipeline soon.
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4:52PM on 09/05/2013
I've said before, if they're gonna be making this sequel, the only character they need back is Goldblum. They got that. Plus they got the ex-President (still wondering what his role will be like now, or did he become kind of a dictator?). To be fair, Steven Hiller did master how to fly the technology. Maybe he and David figured out a way to harness it for a greener, more efficient world.

Seriously, what is the world going to be like twenty years later, after all the major cities have been
I've said before, if they're gonna be making this sequel, the only character they need back is Goldblum. They got that. Plus they got the ex-President (still wondering what his role will be like now, or did he become kind of a dictator?). To be fair, Steven Hiller did master how to fly the technology. Maybe he and David figured out a way to harness it for a greener, more efficient world.

Seriously, what is the world going to be like twenty years later, after all the major cities have been demolished? Surely this means Roland Emmerich won't be destroying New York, D.C., or L.A. again.
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4:42PM on 09/05/2013

Good.....but

Awesome that they'll be meeting again to discuss ID4 2.
But.......
If Jaden's attending this meeting I'm out!
Awesome that they'll be meeting again to discuss ID4 2.
But.......
If Jaden's attending this meeting I'm out!
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4:31PM on 09/05/2013

Goldblum Day

That's what the sequel should be.

After saving the world in the original, they re-christen Independence Day to Goldblum Day.

There are Goldblum posters, Goldblum banners, a Goldblum parade, fireworks that form the shape of Goldblum's face and everyone talks with a stammer.

Will Smith has to learn to survive in a world where everything isn't actually about him.
That's what the sequel should be.

After saving the world in the original, they re-christen Independence Day to Goldblum Day.

There are Goldblum posters, Goldblum banners, a Goldblum parade, fireworks that form the shape of Goldblum's face and everyone talks with a stammer.

Will Smith has to learn to survive in a world where everything isn't actually about him.
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10:32PM on 09/05/2013
I don't wanna live in a world without Goldbum Day! It would be the most glorious day of the year!
I don't wanna live in a world without Goldbum Day! It would be the most glorious day of the year!
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4:29PM on 09/05/2013

Well...

It couldn't hurt his career.
It couldn't hurt his career.
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4:24PM on 09/05/2013
Who cares, I will wait for video regardless. Will Smith does not equate quality anymore - his schtick has gotten old.
Who cares, I will wait for video regardless. Will Smith does not equate quality anymore - his schtick has gotten old.
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4:21PM on 09/05/2013

No...

A sequel to Independence Day is so unnecessary.
A sequel to Independence Day is so unnecessary.
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4:05PM on 09/05/2013
I bet he wants his kids to be in this movie too as a condition to return.
I bet he wants his kids to be in this movie too as a condition to return.
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3:49PM on 09/05/2013
But I thought he was too big for this sequel? Amazing what a being in a Shyamalan movie can do to an actor's outlook on life.
But I thought he was too big for this sequel? Amazing what a being in a Shyamalan movie can do to an actor's outlook on life.
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3:25PM on 09/05/2013

Yes to

Will and Jeff both returning and interacting.
Will and Jeff both returning and interacting.
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3:24PM on 09/05/2013
I would love to see him back. Wouldn't be the same without his character.
I would love to see him back. Wouldn't be the same without his character.
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2:23PM on 09/05/2013
I really hope so this is probably my favorite Will Smith role, it would be great if he came back.
I really hope so this is probably my favorite Will Smith role, it would be great if he came back.
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2:23PM on 09/05/2013
I couldn't give a shit. I've never been a fan and he was my least favorite part of ID4. Get Jeff Goldblum back and I'm good.
I couldn't give a shit. I've never been a fan and he was my least favorite part of ID4. Get Jeff Goldblum back and I'm good.
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