Will Smith In Talks For 'Independence Day' Sequel
September 6th, 2013 2:00pm EDT
Will Smith is reportedly considering starring in the "Independence Day" sequel. He played U.S. Marine Corps pilot Captain Steven Hiller in the 1996 sci-fi film.
Director Roland Emmerich told Digital Spy.com: "I sometimes say no, Will Smith will not be in it because he didn't want to do it at first. Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. Anything can happen."
Emmerich wanted to cast some familiar faces from the original movie in the sequel, but prior to the release of Smith's latest film "After Earth" Emmerich said the actor was "too expensive" to employ.
The director previously said: "Will Smith can not come back because he's too expensive, but he'd also be too much of a marquee name.
"We have like maybe half of the people that you know would know from the first film (in the script) and the other half people who are new."
Bill Pullman, who played President Thomas J. Whitmore, and Jeff Goldblum, who was computer expert David Levinson, are returning for the sequel.
"Independence Day" made $800 million worldwide in 1996. Smith's "After Earth," released in May 2013, made a disappointing $243 million internationally.
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