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I think I trust my memory more than The Hollywood Reporter, so while they’re saying Jessie Usher has been cast as the son of Will Smith’s Captain Steven Hiller in Independence Day 2, I believe he’s actually his step son.
Like the original film, this sequel is going to weave together a few different plot threads and have quite a big cast of lead characters. Usher is playing just one of them, with Liam Hemsworth set to play another. We’ll also be seeing a lot of the President’s Daughter, played by Mae Whitman in the old film but now, if the filmmakers get their way, all grown up into somebody more Elizabeth Olsen-like.
I wish they’d just give Whitman the role. Anyway, they can refer to Olsen as much as they like in their internal memos, I don’t expect she’ll actually take the role, »
- Brendon Connelly
Will Smith made it clear that he will not return for the upcoming "Independence Day" sequel. And now comes word that Jessie Usher ("Survivor's Remorse") has been cast as the lead, playing the grown-up son of Smith's character. It has also been confirmed that Liam Hemsworth will co-star in the movie and that Jeff Goldblum will reprise his role from the original film. Roland Emmerich will return to direct the sequel. "Independence Day 2" is set to hit theaters on June 24th, 2016, almost exactly twenty years after the first film was released on July 3rd, 1996. »
Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day sequel has been lurking in the inky blackness of space for almost as long as that alien mothership in the first movie, but it’s finally taking shape and has an increasingly familiar hue to it. ID4’s neurotic boffin with daddy issues, Jeff Goldblum’s MIT grad David Levinson, is back for the director’s follow-up. Emmerich confirmed the news alongside the official announcement of Liam Hemsworth’s casting via the medium of Twitter, adding to news of an new lead in Will Smith’s absence.Alongside Goldblum (who has been in informal discussions since last year) and Hemsworth comes Jessie Usher who will appear as the son of Smith's Captain Steven Hiller in the new film. The first Independence Day helped launch Smith as a movie star and Usher, an up-and-comer with TV and movie credits to his name, will be hoping that »
Last year, after close to two decades, Independence Day 2 was finally greenlit! After that, everything was pretty much quiet on Roland Emmerich's return of the monument hating aliens. With production expected to start in May, casting is beginning to be locked down, with Emmerich confirming that the mighty Jeff Goldblum will be reprising his role as David Levinson (no word on whether his world saving Mac Powerbook will be making a return). He will be slotting in beside two new cast members, who both have ties to the original. Jessie Usher, from t.v. show Survivor's Remorse, will be taking the lead as Dylan Hiller, son of Will Smith's Capt. Steven Hiller, and Liam Hemsworth is believed to portraying the son-in-law of Bill Pullman's President Whitmore. Independence Day was a movie I devoured constantly growing up, and I am beyond excited when the sequel hits our »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Roland Emmerich is set to start shooting Independence Day 2 this coming May, with the film set to arrive in cinemas on June 24th 2016, 20 years after the release of the original. We already know that Will Smith won't be returning to the cast for this one, but some pieces of definite casting news have been sliding into place.
Firstly, some confirmations.
Jeff Goldblum will indeed be back for the new film, reprising the role of David Levinson in it. Furthermore, Liam Hemsworth had been rumoured for a leading role in the movie, and Roland Emmerich has now confirmed he is indeed part of the cast. Hemsworth's character is believed to be the son-in-law of President Whitmore from the original film. Bill Pullman, who played Whitmore, »
"My producing partner Harald Kloser noticed Jessie in between sets of push-ups at the gym and gave him an audition," Emmerich explained.
Hemsworth is rumoured to be playing the male lead in the film, although his exact character remains unknown.
Goldblum previously revealed that he has been approached to reprise his role as computer expert David Levinson, who helped repel an alien invasion in the 1996 original movie.
Smith's involvement in Independence Day 2 had been the subject of speculation for years, although the latest reports suggest that he will not return.
Liam Hemsworth ("The Hunger Games") and Jessie Usher ("Survivor's Remorse") have joined the cast of Roland Emmerich's "Independence Day" sequel at 20th Century Fox. Jeff Goldblum is also confirmed to be reprising his role from the original.
Usher will play the son of Will Smith's character from the first film and serves a pivotal role in the sequel. Smith's role in the 1996 film helped establish him as a star.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Their massive bulks blocked out the sun and spread panic like a disease in the streets below. The sheer size of their ships made them seem like gods. The destroyer spacecrafts in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day carried more than just aliens, they also held an overwhelming sense of dread that was unleashed when they slowly erased the blue sky above, and we could see them return with an even more intimidating presence when Independence Day 2 hits theaters next summer. Though rumors on who will star in the sequel have been swirling around for a while, the first concrete casting news has now come in, as the lead actor has been revealed for Independence Day 2, with the cast member playing a role with close ties to the original film.
- Derek Anderson
Director Roland Emmerich revealed on his personal Facebook page today that Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum and Jessie Usher have signed on for roles in Independence Day 2. Naturally, Jeff Goldblum will be reprising his role as David Levinson from the original 1996 blockbuster Independence Day, but the filmmaker would not say who the other actors are playing. However, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Jessie Usher will play the son of Will Smith's Captain Stephen Hiller from the original movie in a central role.
It's worth noting that, in the original Independence Day, Stephen Hiller's girlfriend Jasmine Dubrow (Vivica A. Fox) had a young son named Dylan (Ross Bagley), although Stephen was not the father. It's possible that Jessie Usher may be playing Dylan, 20 years later, since it wasn't known if Hiller had children or not. As for Liam Hemsworth, the actor was rumored to be up for the lead role back in January, »
Jessie Usher, who plays the lead role in the Starz series Survivor’s Remorse, is now set to play one of the primary characters in the Independence Day sequel, which Roland Emmerich will direct for release almost exactly 20 years after the drop of the original film. Usher will play Dylan Dubrow, who in the original movie was the young […]
- Russ Fischer
We all know that Will Smith is officially out of the picture for Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day sequel, ID Forever, but his legacy is alive and kicking! THR is reporting that “Survivor’s Remorse’s” Jessie Usher will play the son of… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
It was all the way back in 2013 that we first learned that one of the main protagonists in Roland Emmerich's upcoming Independence Day 2 would be the stepson of Will Smith's character from the original, Captain Steven Hiller, but only today (about two years later) are we learning about the actor who will be playing the part: Survivor's Remorse star Jessie Usher. This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter,which doesn't identify Steven Hiller's stepson as the lead in Independence Day 2, but instead as "a central character" in the 2016 blockbuster. The news of Jessie Usher's casting comes just a few weeks after the news broke that Liam Hemsworth was in talks for a lead role in the movie, though it's worth noting that this latest trade report doesn't mention the Australian actor's involvement. Thus far, they are the only two new names said »
Director Roland Emmerich will return to helm “Independence Day 2,” set for release on June 24, 2016 — almost exactly 20 years from when the first film hit theaters on July 3, 1996. Dean Devlin, Emmerich and Harald Kloser are producing.
Usher stars in the Starz series “Survivor’s Remorse” as a basketball player who moves to Atlanta with his family. The show has been renewed for a second season.
Usher’s film credits include Sony’s football drama “When the Game Stands Tall.” He’s repped by Paradigm and Williams Unlimited.
The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
- Dave McNary
Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse” star Jessie Usher has landed a major role in 20th Century Fox’s “Independence Day” sequel, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Roland Emmerich is directing the sequel, which also has “Hunger Games” star Liam Hemsworth set for a lead role. Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’ Fox hired Carter Blanchard (“Glimmer”) to rewrite the script. James Vanderbilt wrote the first draft of the film, which Emmerich is producing with Dean Devlin and Harald Kloser. Will Smith, who starred in the 1996 original, »
- Linda Ge
Well, it's not going to be Michael B. Jordan after all, whose name had been rumored to be in contention for the part. Jessie T. Usher, who starred in the LeBron James-produced Starz series, "Survivor’s Remorse," has been cast as the lead in Fox's "Independence Day" sequel. 20th Century Fox is moving ahead with the first of 2 announced "Independence Day" sequels, which will be released during the summer of 2016, exactly 20 years after the first film's July 3, 1996 theatrical debut. But maybe Usher's casting shouldn't be a surprise, as Roland Emmerich, who is directing, previously shared that he was planning to cast an upstart, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Update: Director Roland Emmerich has just announced on Twitter that Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum will be joining the Independence Day sequel. Extremely pleased to have Goldblum back, I wonder what kind of virus he'll destroy the alien fleet with this time. I honestly still can.t believe that this is happening; who.d have thought that we.d get a sequel to Independence Day twenty years later? Not me, that.s for true. THR just broke the news that Jessie Usher has been cast in the lead »
- Kevin Fraser
Joining a list of who’s who in Hollywood, Kerry Washington is the latest A-lister to be honored by GLAAD for her support of Lgbt people.
The 38-year-old actress will be presented with the Vanguard Award, which goes to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality, at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Mar. 21, 2015.
Watch: Kerry Washington Opens Up About Motherhood
In addition to her role as Olivia Pope on Shonda Rhimes’ Lgbt-inclusive hit series, Scandal, Washington is being recognized for her work with anti-bullying campaigns and speaking out against repression in Russia and Africa.
“[Washington’s] outspoken support for equality, both here at home and abroad, has sent messages of hope and empowerment to fans all over the world, fostering dialogue that builds understanding and helps move hearts and minds »
Jessie Usher, the lead of Starz's series Survivor's Remorse, has been cast in Fox's sequel Independence Day 2. Liam Hemsworth has also been cast in in a lead role and Jeff Goldblum will reprise his role from the original. It has been nearly 20 years since the Will Smith-starring sci-fi film hit theaters, grossing more than $800 million worldwide at the box office. Director Roland Emmerich will return to helm the film. Independence Day 2 is set for release on June 24, 2016 — almost exactly 20 years from when the first film hit theaters on July 3,
- Rebecca Ford
Emmerich recently completed filming “Stonewall,” a drama about the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City and a turning point in the struggle for Lgbt equality. He’s also contributed to several non-profit organizations, including Outfest’s Legacy Project, dedicated to preserving Lgbt film history; the Los Angeles Lgbt Center; Freedom to Marry; and the Cambodian Children’s Fund.
“As one of Hollywood’s most sought-after film directors, Roland Emmerich has entertained audiences across the globe,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD. “His generosity has touched the lives of countless Lgbt people, »
- Dave McNary
The first ceremony of the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held at the Beverly Hilton in La on March 21, 2015 and the Waldorf Astoria in NYC on May 9, 2015.Channing Tatum is set to present the GLAAD Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Roland Emmerich. Tatum starred in the Emmerich film White House Down and will next be seen starring in Magic Mike Xxl, The Hateful Eight and Hail, Cesar.GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (Lgbt) media advocacy organization, today announced it will honor writer, producer, director, and philanthropist Roland Emmerich at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media […] »
- April Neale
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