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Independence Day was one of the biggest films of 1996 (the year I was born) and since then, has raked in bucket tons of money. Twenty years later and we've now been hit with a sweet trailer for a sequel that we don't know much about! One thing we do know though, is that some of the actors have aged well and some haven't! Check below to see how the stars of Independence Day look 20 years later.

David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum)

  • Age: 63
  • Most Recent Film: 'Mortdecai'

Jeff Goldblum was one of the hunks people had the hots for back in '96 and it's safe to say that this actor aged well both in looks and acting career. He is a fantastic addition to have back to for the sequel and I'm sure we'll be getting a cool, wise character for this movie.

Captain Steve Miller (Will Smith)

  • Age: 47
  • Most Recent Film: 'Concussion'

Will Smith is one of those celebrities that defies aging and still looks the exact same as he did in 1996. He also has made an array of fantastic films since ID and he is still waiting on that Oscar he deserves. Sadly, he won't be returning for the sequel which sucks because he was the best part of the first one! Maybe the story and special effects can distract us from his absence.

President Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman)

  • Age: 62
  • Most Recent Film: 'American Ultra'

You all remember Bill Pullman who plays the decisive president in Independence Day, right? He's now 62, and he doesn't look it at all! With his new beard, he looks at least 50! He will also be returning for the sequel!

First Lady Marilyn Whitmore (Mary McDonnell)

  • Age: 63
  • Most Recent Film: 'Scream 4'

Not much has changed for the First Lady in 20 years, she is still looking good at 63! She will not be returning for the sequel for some reason, I'm intrigued to see why, unless she just wasn't confirmed yet!

Dylan Hiller (Ross Bagely)

  • Age: 27
  • Most Recent Film: 'Gnome Alone'

Ross Bagely's character in Independence Day has been replaced by a new actor, by the name of Jessie Usher. Not much has been said on this actor replacement, and we're not even too sure how integral his character is in the sequel.

Julius Levinson (Judd Hirsch)

  • Age: 80
  • Most Recent Film: 'Sharknado 2'

It may be hard to believe that Judd Hirsch is 80 years old because he doesn't look a day of it! He too will be returning for the sequel.

Russell Casse - (Randy Quaid)

  • Age: 65
  • Most Recent Film: 'Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach'

Randy Quaid won't be returning for the sequel, the 65 year old hasn't been in a film in over 5 years. Who knows though, maybe we might see a cameo.

Jasmine Dubrow (Vivica A. Fox)

  • Age: 51
  • Most Recent Film: 'Carter High'

You may remember this character as Steve Miller's (Will Smith) stripper wife who forced him in to marriage. Vivicia has been a very busy actress with the likes of Empire and some minor movie roles. She will indeed be returning for the sequel, which should be interesting without Will Smith reprising his role!

Constance Spano (Margaret Colin)

  • Age: 57
  • Most Recent Film: 'Stealing Chanel'

You may remember Margaret's character as the Presidential press secretary and ex-wife of David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum). She will not be returning for the sequel.

So those were the main characters from the 1996 blockbuster, Independence Day. If you want to see more 'then and now's' comment below which one you'd like to see and follow me to see when I upload it!

Take a look at the trailer for 'Independence Day: Resurgence':


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