A follow-up to Independence Day has been in development for quite some time, and the general consensus was that Will Smith would not be reprising his starring role for the sequel. That may not be the case after all. During an interview with Digital Spy to promote White House Down, director Roland Emmerich revealed that he is meeting with Smith to discuss the possibility of the movie star returning.
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.
Smith also participated in an interview with Digital Spy back in June before After Earth was released. When the interviewer asked him:
What in terms of cinema scares you the most?
The movie opening at number two. (laughs) Ooh, I just gave myself a chill.
Well, After Earth opened at number three, so he must have been freezing throughout the entirety of opening weekend.
In terms of big blockbusters, Smith goes on to say:
I think I’m going to start moving out of that and finding more danger in my artistic choices.”
But after the bomb that was After Earth, he may be changing his tune. Independence Day 2 is pretty much a guaranteed hit, so perhaps Smith is reconsidering his decision in an effort to open at number one again.
Actors Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman have already been confirmed to return for the sequel, but they aren’t exactly names one would associate with headlining a summer blockbuster. If Smith does decline to return, there were also talks of focusing the film on his character’s son from the first movie, and presumably casting an A-list actor to play that role. Please not Jaden Smith though, thank you.
Emmerich is eyeing a 2016 release date for Independence Day 2, which would mark the 20th anniversary of the first film.