Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman in "Independence Day"

Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman in “Independence Day”

With White House Down hitting theaters this Friday, the original go-to world-destroying filmmaker Roland Emmerich has announced the first pieces of casting for his upcoming sequel to the 1996 blockbuster hit, Independence Day. Emmerich and writer Dean Devlin has long been talking about the possibilities of a follow-up, even with plans for a trilogy, and now, Independence Day: Forever is finally coming together with 20th Century Fox finally providing financing for the production.

For Independence Day fans, there is some bad news: Will Smith will be M.I.A. in this installment due to his demanded salary not being met, although should his career prove even more vulnerable post-After Earth, we may see him reprise in a further sequel, if one should come to fruition. The good news is, however, Independence Day co-stars Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman will be returning to the franchise, reprising their roles as the computer expert-cum-chess enthusiast David Levinson and now-former President Whitmore, respectively.

Though Emmerich is keeping quiet on the plot specifics, does it really matter? It’s not like Independence Day needed to be anything more than popcorn entertainment. After all, it’s aliens! Being an outspoken LGBT activist and openly gay himself, he did, however, divulge one little secret: there will be a gay character, front and center. Progression is a good thing, no? The declared release date, July 3, 2015, seems far away now, but now we all have another Independence Day to look forward to on that federal holiday, two years from now.

– By Jeremy Kibler

Jeremy Kibler is a freelance writer who never stops watching movies and writing about them. An alumnus of Pennsylvania State University, he has been a fan of the horror genre since he was a kid, renting every Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street from the video store. For more of Jeremy’s reviews, go to or follow him on Twitter @jeremykibler25.