BySarah O'Connell, writer at

When the Independence Day: Resurgence trailer dropped last month, the world rejoiced at the visual proof of the sequel to the much loved alien-invading '90s classic, Independence Day.

The trailer was great, however it left one question on the lips of alien fighting fans everywhere... where is Will Smith?

It didn't take long for the Internet to uncover the list of reasons that would explain the absence of the cigar-smoking Captain.

After confirming that Smith would not be in the new film, director Roland Emmerich revealed in an interview with The New York Times that the Bad Boys actor was "too expensive."

Other sources revealed that although Smith was open to the possibility of returning to his role as Captain Steven Hiller, his schedule was packed with commitments to other projects.

The Fresh Prince has indeed been busy this year promoting recent movie, Concussion, and upcoming Suicide Squad, as well as the possibility of a third installment in the bad-ass franchise Bad Boys alongside co-star Martin Lawrence.

The news that Will Smith's original character Captain Steven Hiller will be dead in the upcoming movie was cemented in the new sequel's (awesome) promotional website that contains a headline from a fake broadcast that reads, "Alien Tech Malfunction Kills Col. Hiller." I mean, it was bound to happen...

In a recent interview with Yahoo Movies, Smith said “It was terrible when I found out my character died,” revealing that he and director, Roland Emmerich, had spoken about the fate of the courageous Independence Day character:

“I was working on Suicide Squad during that time. Roland and I had talked about it. The trailer looks really cool. I’m going to be sitting around with tears in my eyes when that one comes out.”

Although we are skeptical of Earth's ability to fight off aliens without Will Smith at the helm, Captain Hiller's memory will be kept alive in the form of his onscreen fighter pilot son Dylan, played by Jessie Usher.

The new movie will chime in two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, and Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. Thankfully, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Vivica Fox all reprise their roles from the original film, with the help of some new additions in Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher, hopefully we won't be too distracted by the the absence of our original hero.

'Independence Day: Resurgence' will hit theaters everywhere on June 24, 2016.

Sources: Huffington Post, Giphy, Screen Rant.


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