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It seems like just yesterday when Independence Day was released starring Will Smith in one of his first blockbuster roles. Released on July 4th 1996 Will Smith played Captain Steven Hiller, which catapulted his career to mega-star status. Things have surely changed and now the superstar leading man has turned down the role to reprise his character for Independence Day 2. The sequel is slated for July 2016.
Director Roland Emmerich hoped to bring back the former rapper for the 20th anniversary of the movie. Smith has informed Fox that he will not be returning to the role. However it is noted that he has been going back and forth on the decision. Smith has not talked to Emmerich yet, but it’s a foregone conclusion he will not take the role.
Deadline.com has reported that Smith will give up blockbuster roles. Smith has said that he will pursue more artistically dangerous roles.
Mike Fleming Jr reports, ‘I’m told reliably that Smith informed the studio that he won’t be joining in on a sequel that the filmmakers hope to have in theaters for July 4 weekend, 2016. ‘I don’t believe that Smith has had the final conversation yet with Emmerich, but that will likely happen shortly. I was told not to set this in stone, because Smith has been back and forth before on whether to make the movie, though I hear he is pretty much decided.’
Independence 2 will take place in an alternate present-day reality with humans harvesting alien technology from the first movie. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman who were in the first movie have signed on for the sequel.
Will Smith’s next movie is a Winter’s Tale and oddly enough Bad Boys 3 after that. A sequel to Men in Black is planned and it’s anticipated that Smith will turn down that role.
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