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Will Smith Won’t Be in Independence Day 2

10 February 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

First, Will Smith was definitely not going to be in Independence Day 2 (a.k.a. Independence Days), with director Roland Emmerich saying he was too expensive. Then, Smith reconsidered. Now Deadline reports that Smith is officially out. Screenwriter James Vanderbilt had been working on two versions of the sequel anyway — one with and one without Smith — so this news won't hinder production. Still, we feel bad for the new aliens, who will have to have someone else welcome them to Earth.  »

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Independence Day 2 is Will Smith-less??

9 February 2014 10:55 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Long gestating since the original was released to over $817 million worldwide in 1996, becoming that year's top-grossing movie, it seems director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin are pushing ever closer to making Independence Day 2 (and 3) a reality. One of the biggest sticking points of the sequel was whether Will Smith, star of the original, would return as Cpt. Steven Hiller. Well it seems we, and the filmmakers, have finally got their answer: a definitive no.

Deadline reports that sources close to the studio have said that Smith has turned down the chance to return to the franchise. The site does say that with Smith having previously gone  backwards and forwards on whether he would return, this is not 100% certain, although they hear he has pretty much decided to decline.

Despite that, 20th Century Fox and the creators will continue with their plans for the sequel, so much so that current »

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Independence Day 2 (2016): Will Smith is not in Roland Emmerich’s Film

9 February 2014 11:06 AM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  Will Smith not Appearing in Independence Day 2. Will Smith will not reprise his role as fighter pilot Captain Steven Hiller in Roland Emmerich‘s ID Forever Part I (2016) aka Independence Day 2. To Emmerich’s foresight and credit, he had prepared for this eventuality if and when it [...]

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Will Smith Won’t Appear In Sequel To ‘Independence Day’

7 February 2014 3:12 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: After spending several years looking to generate a sequel or two to the 1996 Fox smash hit Independence Day, it looks like director Roland Emmerich and co-writer and producer Dean Devlin are going to have to take on those Earth-leveling aliens without Will Smith. I’m told reliably that Smith informed the studio that he won’t be joining in on a sequel that the filmmakers hope to have in theaters for July 4 weekend, 2016. That marks the 20th anniversary of the 1996 original that grossed $811 million worldwide and launched Smith on a trajectory to become the world’s most bankable movie star. Now, this doesn’t mean that the ID4 sequel can’t happen. In fact, Fox is very keen to see it through and what studio wouldn’t want another installment of such a big movie? When Emmerich and Devlin wrote the first draft before handing it over to The Amazing Spider-Man scribe James Vanderbilt, »


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