The stars of the long-awaited and much-anticipated sequel, Independence Day 2, have been announced. The follow-up to Independence Day will star Jeff Goldblum and Liam Hemsworth. Jesse Usher of the Starz series Survivor’s Remorse will also appear in the film.
Goldblum will reprise his original role in the first movie, which was released almost 20 years ago, as MIT computer expert David Levinson, who is working in New York City as a satellite technician at the time of an alien invasion. Australian actor Hemsworth has been cast for the lead role in Fox’s Independence Day 2, which is scheduled for release on June 24, 2016. As with the first movie, the sequel will be directed by Roland Emmerich, who also co-wrote the first movie along with Dean Devlin. Emmerich, Harald Kloser and Devlin will produce Independence Day 2.
The follow-up to Independence Day will continue where the last film took off, with Usher playing the son of the original film’s star, Will Smith. Smith is not expected to reprise his role of Steven Hiller. The role is a big one for Usher, who previously appeared in the movie When the Game Stands Tall, a TriStar drama about football which premiered in August. He also appeared in the Cartoon Network’s Level Up.
Survivor’s Remorse is produced by basketball star Lebron James. Usher plays a basketball player named Cam Calloway who signs a contract to play basketball professionally and then moves to Atlanta with his family. The show first aired on Oct. 4, 2014, and was renewed for its second season, to be aired later this year.
The original Independence Day was released on Independence Day weekend in 1996. The movie centers on a diverse group of people who meet up with each other in the Nevada desert after aliens have wreaked havoc on Earth. The group joins with the rest of Earth’s population to launch one last, desperate strike against the alien invaders – an attack which happens to fall on July 4, the date of the United States Independence Day holiday.
The sci-fi movie was a huge blockbuster and eventually made over $800 million, which, at the time, was the second-highest worldwide moneymaker in history. Currently, the film occupies the 43rd spot in the list of the highest-grossing films of all time. Independence Day also ushered in a resurgence of large-scale science fiction and disaster films during the middle to the end of the 1990s. It was nominated for Academy Awards in the Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing categories, and took home the Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
The stars of Independence Day 2 were announced by Emmerich via Instagram. The director posted a picture of Hemsworth and Goldblum, saying, “Excited to officially announce @LiamHemsworth and #JeffGoldblum as the next two pieces of the #IndependenceDay sequel!”
Usher also took to social media to express his excitement over landing the role. He posted on Instagram, “Guess the cats [sic] out the bag now. Thank you God for this blessing & thank you everyone for the congratulations!” Just as the first Independence Day helped to make Smith, who first appeared on TV, a bankable movie star, the success – or failure – of Independence Day 2 could make or break Usher’s career in film.
By Jennifer Pfalz