Man, I have got to get me one of these actors! Flash back to 1996, and the biggest film of that year was easily Independence Day. It’s a movie that is still infinitely re-watchable to this day, laregely thanks to Will Smith who successfully broke out his fresh prince persona and into the big time.
Along with Jeff Goldblum and the most kickass president ever elected into office, Captain Steven Hiller helped save the day. But don’t expect the ace pilot to be back for the sequel.
Deadline reports that Will Smith has decided to not again jump in an F-16 and yell at aliens for shooting green shit at him as he informed 20th Century Fox that he would not join the sequel. The movie is still on track for a July 1 2016 release, which will tie in with the 20th anniversary of the original film. Director Roland Emmerich will have to find a new hero to take on the alien menace, with leads pointing to the James Vanderbilt revised script recruiting the son of Hiller to help fight the returning alien invaders.
There’s no official word yet on why exactly Smith is dropping out, but if I had to hazard a guess, I’d say a combination of a crazy schedule and not enough Smith children in the sequel is the prime reason here.
Last Updated: February 10, 2014