BySarah Gibson, writer at Creators.co
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Sarah Gibson

Time flies when you're not thinking about Independence Day, the big budget updating of those classic US features of the 1950s. But, eighteen years have passed since Will Smith and his team of alien-bashers decided to bop those extra-terrestrials right on the nose and show 'em who's boss!

So, what're the cast up to now? Let's find out...

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Will Smith as Captain Steven Hiller

Will Smith as Captain Steven Hiller
Will Smith as Captain Steven Hiller

Director Roland Emmerich specifically wanted former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Will Smith for the lead role. Smith is, of course, still a famous movie star. After 16 years, one Instagram pic with Justin Bieber, and one less-than-romantic encounter with a horny reporter, he's appeared in some huge movies since the 90s, including I Am Legend, Men In Black, and Hancock.

Will and ?
Will and ?

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Vivica A. Fox as Jasmine Dubrow

Vivica A. Fox as Jasmine Dubrow
Vivica A. Fox as Jasmine Dubrow

The aptly-named Vivica Fox played Smith's exotic dancer girlfriend, Jasmine. In real life, the two were a couple for some time but, clearly, running from massive explosions and alien life forms put too much strain on the relationship. Fox has since been part of Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Set It Off, and has been at Larry David's side in Curb Your Enthusiasm, in which she plays Loretta Black.

Vivica A. Fox
Vivica A. Fox

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Ross Bagley as Dylan

Ross Bagley as Dylan
Ross Bagley as Dylan

Look who's all grown up! Bagley, who played Fox's son in Independence Day, hasn't found much success on the big screen since the film, despite his previous Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fame. That said, he did scoop himself smaller roles in The Wild Thornberrys and Judging Amy, and he's now studying at California State University.

Ross Bagley
Ross Bagley

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Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson

Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson
Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson

Jeff Goldblum, the man who played Independence Day's (pretty sexy) mastermind, and improvised most of his scenes, went on to become a Law and Order: Criminal Intent regular and has since gotten even more kooky in his roles, with guest appearances on the FX comedy The League, Portlandia, and a part in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum

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Mae Whitman as Patricia Whitmore

Mae Whitman as Patricia Whitmore
Mae Whitman as Patricia Whitmore

Poor Patricia had a tough enough time trying to spend time with her dad without the world-wide alien invasion... But at the age of just eight years old, it looks like Independence Day was a fairly solid career move! Since 1996, Mae Whitman has gone on to star in Jag, State of Grace, Arrested Development (she played Egg!), Family Guy, In Treatment, Parenthood, and TV's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Phew!

Mae Whitman
Mae Whitman

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Bill Pullman as President Thomas J. Whitmore

Bill Pullman as President Thomas J. Whitmore
Bill Pullman as President Thomas J. Whitmore

And what became of Commander in Chief Thomas J. Whitmore? Welp, after strapping into a fighter jet and helping to save the world, Bill Pullman was spotted in Brokedown Palace, Igby Goes Down, Too Big to Fail, and Torchwood. He obviously loves the authority roles, though, as he played another president on the short-lived NBC sitcom 1600 Penn and will be returning to Independence Day 2!

Bill Pullman
Bill Pullman

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Independence Day 2 is set to come out on June 24th, 2016. Some of the original beloved cast members will be back for more, but unfortunately it seems Will Smith will be staying safely out of any future alien drama.

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(Source: HollywoodGossip)


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