The release date was locked just last week for the Roland Emmerich sequel to the 1997 "Independence Day", titled "ID Forever Part 1". With that news, many wondered if Will Smith would indeed be returning, since he wasn't part of the announcement. It is now being reported that Smith is in fact not returning for the film because he apparently demanded too much money.
On not having Smith return, Emmerich stated, "Will Smith can not come back because he's too expensive, but he'd also be too much of a marquee name. It would be too much."
While the biggest star in the world right now won't be returning, Emmerich did confirm that we would be reunited with a lot of familiar faces. Emmerich confirmed that Bill Pullman will be reprising his role as former President Thomas Whitmore and that about half of the characters from the first film will be in the second. Such faces could include Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Fierstein or lesser-known-actors at the time, Adam Baldwin and Mae Whitman.
Emmerich's latest crowd-pleaser "White House Down", starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, is being generally accepted as a pretty solid film. Would the film do as well without the two big names attached to it, however? Will Smith's absence affect the box office returns, or will the nostalgia for the film win the battle over its characters?
Only time will tell but one thing is for certain; the new title is pretty ridiculous.
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"ID Forever Part 1" will hit AMC Theatres on July 3rd, 2015
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