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INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 (2016): Will Smith is not in Roland Emmerich’s Film

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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 did happen.

When Emmerich and Devlin wrote the first draft before handing it over to The Amazing Spider-Man scribe James Vanderbilt, they hatched two distinctly different versions of the movie. Vanderbilt has been working on two separate scripts. One has Smith as the centerpiece, and the other takes the battle to the aliens without his cocky hero fighter pilot Captain Steven Hiller.

They will now use the latter for Independence Day 2. I believe that script involves Captain Hiller’s son, likely to be played by a Hollywood up and comer. It will be interesting to see Earth, post-alien invasion.

On the original Independence Day film:

Independence Day is a 1996 American military science fiction film about an alien invasion of Earth. The film stars Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Margaret Colin, Vivica A. Fox, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia, Randy Quaid, James Rebhorn, and Harry Connick, Jr. The narrative focuses on a disparate group of people who converge in the Nevada desert and, along with the rest of the human population, participate in a last-chance counterattack on July 4, the same date as the Independence Day holiday in the United States. It was directed by German director Roland Emmerich, who co-wrote the script with producer Dean Devlin.

While promoting Stargate in Europe, Emmerich came up with the idea for the film when fielding a question about his own belief in the existence of alien life. He and Devlin decided to incorporate a large-scale attack when noticing that aliens in most invasion films travel long distances in outer space only to remain hidden when reaching Earth. Principal photography for the film began in July 1995 in New York City, and the film was officially completed on June 20, 1996.

The film was scheduled for release on July 3, 1996, but due to its high level of anticipation, many theaters began showing it on the evening of July 2, 1996, the same day the story of the film begins. The film’s combined domestic and international box office gross is $816,969,268, which, at the time, was the second-highest worldwide gross of all time. It is currently the 41st-highest-grossing film of all time and was at the forefront of the large-scale disaster film and science fiction resurgences of the mid-to-late-1990s. It won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and was also nominated for Best Sound Mixing.

Leave your thoughts on Will Smith not appearing in ID Forever Part I below in the comments section. For more Independence Day 2 photos, videos, and information, visit our Independence Day Page, subscribe to us by Email, “follow” us on Twitter, Tumblr, or “like” us on Facebook. Independence Day 2 will arrive in US theaters through the Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation on July 4th weekend, 2016.

 Source: Deadline, Wikipedia, Imdb

 

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