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While we know that Will Smith won't be back for Independence Day 2, it sounds as though Jeff Goldblum will be returning in the role of David Levinson.

In a recent interview with, Goldblum revealed that there is a part for him in the upcoming sci-fi sequel. From

TIME: It seems like there’s been a lot going around in the last few months about potential sequels for Jurassic Park and [Independence Day 2](movie:447723), so I was wondering whether those were things that you’d given any thought to or might be involved with?

JEFF GOLDBLUM: Well, people like that Jurassic Park thing, and I think they’re making another which I tell them, I’ll be first in line for, but am not in. And then Independence Day, I had a meeting and have been talking over the last several months or year with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the producer, and they’ve been cooking up and say they have a part for me in what they hope will be a plan to make another one pretty soon.

TIME: Right. When I looked into it a bit, I saw something from a year ago saying, “Oh, maybe some people are working on it, but maybe not Will Smith,” but all of that always seems so nebulous until it actually happens.

J.G.: I think you’ve put your finger on it. “Nebulous until actually” is what that file is under, but yeah, they’re still talking about it and I’ve heard recent rumblings here and there about it, and “Oh, there’s a scripting coming in” — maybe last weekend there was a script handed in, so it’s brewing.

Goldblum fighting hostile aliens again? For the first time since 1996? Yes, Please! Independence Day 2 is slated for release July 1, 2015. Roland Emmerich, and his producing partner, Dean Devlin, who worked on the first film, are also said to be returning!

Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich


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