Independence Day 2 without Will Smith? But... doesn’t that mean the aliens won?!
According to a "reliable" source of Mike Fleming over at Deadline, Will Smith won’t be joining the sequel - or at least most likely won’t be joining the sequel. The actor apparently has been quite undecided on the issue for a long time, going back and forth on the decision whether or not to reprise one of his most iconic roles.
So there is still hope. Just not very much.
But worry not: Roland Emmerich has two scripts cooking right now, both of them written by James Vandebuilt of The Amazing Spider-Man and White House Down fame. One of them centers on Smith’s cocky Captain Steven Hiller, and one doesn’t feature the character at all.
Right now, it very much seems as if we’ll see the latter, when Independence Day Resurgence will hit screens July 6, 2016.