Why Isn’t Will Smith in the Independence Day Sequel? Now We Know…


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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

The other day we got the trailer for the sequel 20 years in the making – Independence Day: Resurgence. News has been leaking about this film for months and one of the biggest plot points is that Will Smith’s character,  Colonel Steven Hiller, is absent from the next round of alien attacks.

But just a little while after the trailer went up online a website and Twitter account for the film also went active and it explains a little bit about what’s been going on in the ID world since we ‘ve last seen everyone, and that includes the fate of Hiller.

It would seem that Colonel Hiller passed away in 2007 while test piloting the first hybrid jet that was made using the alien’s technology. You can see the screenshot and text below:


The websites also go into a little detail about some of the other characters, like Jeff Goldblum’s David Levinson and his appointment as director of the Earth Space Defense program (an initiative set up to help us prepare for another alien attack) and Bill Pullman’s President Whitmore and his working with world leaders to create global unity.

One of the more interesting developments is the fact that the alien skull-spikes are possibly a remaining cell of aliens that have set up shop in the Congo and have been thriving for the last two decades. How have they been just staying there without humanity obliterating them? And what have they been planning all these years?

We’ll find out next summer, when the film hits theaters June 24, 2016. In the meantime keep checking the website and Twitter feed for the film as I’m almost positive we’ll be getting more plot developments in the coming months.  

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