Director Roland Emmerich revealed on his personal Facebook page today that Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum and Jessie Usher have signed on for roles in Independence Day 2. Naturally, Jeff Goldblum will be reprising his role as David Levinson from the original 1996 blockbuster Independence Day, but the filmmaker would not say who the other actors are playing. However, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Jessie Usher will play the son of Will Smith‘s Captain Stephen Hiller from the original movie in a central role.
It’s worth noting that, in the original Independence Day, Stephen Hiller’s girlfriend Jasmine Dubrow (Vivica A. Fox) had a young son named Dylan (Ross Bagley), although Stephen was not the father. It’s possible that Jessie Usher may be playing Dylan, 20 years later, since it wasn’t known if Hiller had children or not. As for Liam Hemsworth, the actor was rumored to be up for the lead role back in January, but no details regarding his character have surfaced. Will Smith will not be back as Stephen Hiller in the sequel.
No story details have been released yet, but Roland Emmerich will direct from a script most recently written by Carter Blanchard, with previous drafts written by Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin and James Vanderbilt. The director will also produce alongside Dean Devlin and Harald Kloser. We reported in January that production is scheduled to begin in May, but that has yet to be confirmed at this time.
Liam Hemsworth will next be seen in Cut Bank and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, while Jeff Goldblum is coming off roles in The Grand Budapest Hotel and Mortdecai. Jessie Usher is the lead of Starz’s basketball series Survivor’s Remorse, which premiered in October and has been renewed for a second season, set to air later this year. On the big screen he recently starred in When the Game Stands Tall. Roland Emmerich added on his Facebook page that his producing partner Harald Kloser, “noticed Jessie in between sets of pushups at the gym and gave him an audition. As they say, the rest is history!”