When the first trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence dropped at the end of last year, it was flashy and exciting and we got to squeal over seeing Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman again, but the absence of Will Smith’s character was quite glaringly obvious.
We’ve known since back in June that Smith won’t be returning for the Independence Day sequel, and it was recently revealed on 20th Century Fox’s viral website warof1996.com, that his Captain Steven Hiller was killed off in a test flight. According to the site:
While test piloting the ESD’s first alien hybrid fighter, an unknown malfunction causes the untimely death of Col. Hiller. Hiller’s valor in the War of 96 made him a beloved global icon whose selfless assault against the alien mothership lead directly to the enemy’s defeat. He is survived by his wife Jasmine and son Dylan.
In a recent interview, Smith himself has commented on his character’s fate:
I was working on Suicide Squad during that time,” he said, referring to the film’s production. “[Independence Day director] Roland [Emmerich] and I had talked about it. The trailer looks really cool. I’m going to be sitting around with tears in my eyes when that one comes out… It was terrible when I found out my character died.
Awww, that’s kind of sad. Poor Will Smith. But, considering the success of his latest film Concussion, and how highly anticipated Suicide Squad is, he’ll probably be okay with missing out.
Scheduled for release on June 24, 2016, Independence Day: Resurgence also stars Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Sela Ward.
Last Updated: January 5, 2016