Charlotte Gainsbourg, who most recently starred in director Lars von Trier‘s controversial Nymphomaniac Volume I and Nymphomaniac Volume II, is in negotiations to join the cast of 20th Century Fox’s sci-fi action sequel Independence Day 2. No details were given for her character, but if a deal is finalized, she will join Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum, who reprises his David Levinson role from 1996’s Independence Day. While Will Smith is not returning as Air Force pilot Stephen Hiller for the follow-up, it is believed that Bill Pullman will be back as Thomas Whitmore.
We reported earlier this month that Jessie Usher is playing the son of Will Smith‘s Stephen Hiller, but in the original Independence Day, it was never revealed that Hiller had a son. His girlfriend, Jasmine Dubrow (Vivica A. Fox) did have a young son named Dylan (Ross Bagley), but Hiller was not the father. It’s possible that Jessie Usher is playing Dylan, but no further details were given for the character. It has also been rumored that Liam Hemsworth is playing the son-in-law of Bill Pullman‘s Thomas Whitmore, who was the President of the United States during the original Independence Day.
Roland Emmerich is directing from a screenplay that was most recently written by James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright, who are also writing the Stargate reboot for the director. The script was previously worked on by Carter Blanchard, Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin and James Vanderbilt. The director is also producing with Dean Devlin and Harald Kloser, but it isn’t known when production may begin.
Charlotte Gainsbourg is best known for her work in Lars von Trier‘s movies, starring in Antichrist, Melancholia and last year’s Nymphomaniac Volume I and Nymphomaniac Volume II. She will next be seen in Oppenheimer Strategies alongside Richard Gere, Dan Stevens and Michael Sheen. What do you think about this new casting addition?