Will Smith Won't Star In 'Independence Day 2': A Possible Contender For The Sci-Fi Role Emerges

As an actor, Will Smith has come a long way since 1996's alien disaster movie Independence Day. So it's not really surprising that the star of the original movie has apparently turned down an offer to star in Roland Emmerich's upcoming sequel...but we kind of wish he hadn't.

Will Smith
Will Smith Won't Be Coming Back As Steven Hiller In 'Independence Day 2.'

Though Deadline reports an indecisive "back and forth," Smith has reportedly told Fox that he will not be accepting a reprisal of the big movie role that helped turn him into a fully-fledged film star. It has been suggested that one of the reasons for the back and forth was that Smith was "too expensive," as Emmerich himself has explained.

Turns out Smith probably isn't into the whole "for old times' sake" movie roles these days, so that left us wondering who - if at all - will replace Captain Steven Hiller. Director Emmerich has already confirmed that Bill Pullman will be returning as President Thomas J Whitmore and Jeff Goldblum will be back as the geeky computer expert, David Levinson.

With two of the other lead actors reprising the same roles, it will be hard to pretend that Hiller just disappeared so unless the script makes a convincing argument for Smith's absence, the After Earth actor will leave a conspicuous gap.

Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum To Reprise His Role As Techie Alien-Spotter.

Regardless of Will Smith being up for it or not, the movie will definitely still go ahead. The director revealed that two scripts have been written: one version features Will Smith's character, whereas the other does not, in an interview with The Playlist. At the time, Emmerich revealed that it was "looking good" for the version that featured Smith but the latest news indicates a u-turn in negotiations.

Bill Pullman
Bill Pullman Will Reportedly Star In The 'Independence Day' Sequel.

Smith's character filled the niche void of occasional comic relief, family man and brave fighter macho and was hand-picked by Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin, who apparently wanted an African-American actor to fill Hiller's boots. Of course, just because Smith is black doesn't mean that the actor who replaces him should be too but right now, Chronicle's Michael B Jordan is the strongest rumour.

Michael B Jordan
Michael B Jordan Is Strongly Rumoured To Replace Will Smith.

However, Jordan is also slated to appear in the Fantastic Four movie and may decide that a role in Independence Day would feel like a fill-in, forever over-shadowed by Smith's classic portrayal. Nevertheless, The Wire's Jordan is an up-and-coming film actor with seemingly less of an ego than the pricey and difficult-to-work-with A-listers. The role in the already-established franchise could serve as an enviable propulsion to the stars for the talented 27 year-old. Maybe we're not so sad about Smith's absence after all...

Independence Day 2 will be released on the 3rd July 2015.


Contactmusic

Tags: Will Smith - Roland Emmerich - Jeff Goldblum - Bill Pullman

Advertisement

More Will Smith

Martin Lawrence Confirms 'Bad Boys 3'

It’s official: Bad Boys 3 is happening. Martin Lawrence all but confirmed the movie when he sat down with Conan O’ Brien to promote his...

Robin Thicke's New Album Titled 'Paula': Ten More Cringe-Worthy Album Titles

In perhaps the most audacious and downright ridiculous move the music business has witnessed in the last few years, singer Robin Thicke has announced his...

Could Will Smith's Role In Ridley Scott's NFL Drama Land Him His First Academy Award?

Will Smith is in talks to star in Ridley Scott’s upcoming NFL drama, currently untitled. Will he be doing a Denzel Washington and Samuel L....

Will Smith Lands Lead Role In NFL Concussion Drama Based On 'Game Brain' Article

Will Smith is set to star in another sports-based movie.But this time the 45 year-old actor won't be playing the athlete, he will be portraying...

Advertisement

Will Smith To Star In NFL Drama Based on 'Game Brain' Concussion Article

Will Smith is close to signing up for Peter Landesman's untitled drama about the NFL's concussion problem, based on the GQ article Game Brain. Ridley...

Jada Smith Reacts To Controversial Photo Of Her Daughter, Willow, And Moises Arias

Jada Smith has reacted to a photograph her daughter Willow, aged 13, took whilst on a bed with a 20-year-old actor. The image was posted...

Will And Jada Pinkett-Smith Step Up To Defend Willow's Questionable Instagram Shot With 20-Year-Old Actor

After a picture of 13-year-old Willow Smith, lounging on a bed next to 20-year-old actor Moises Arias hit the web, gossip blogs practically exploded. Speculation...

MPTF's Night Before The Oscars Pulling Out Of Partnership With Beverly Hills Hotel

In recent years, besides the glamour, celebrities and red carpet fashion at the Oscars, the show’s ethics have also been put into the spotlight. This...

Advertisement

Comments

Will Smith Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Will Smith

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All