Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are back in the upcoming movie “Independence Day: Resurgence.” Randy Quaid will not be seen in the movie and he has a valid reason for it. But why didn’t original “Independence Day” star Will Smith reappear in the casting of the sequel? The answer is multifaceted.
According to Cinema Blend, the director of the “Independence Day,” Roland Emmerich stated that Will Smith’s name is not listed on the call sheet and the shooting is going on without the presence of the charismatic star, who declined the invitation to reappear in the sequel of sci-fi blockbuster that built his career.
“In the very beginning, I wanted to work with him and he was excited to be in it but then after a while he was tired of sequels, and he did another science fiction film, which was his father-son story, so he opted out,” Emmerich added.
The 2013 movie “After Earth,” directed by M Night Shyamalan failed to hit the success stoke where Smith was co-starred with his son Jaden Smith. As claimed by Emmerich, Smith’s experience on that movie was not too good and is partially responsible for his decision to not be part of “Independence Day: Resurgence,” reports io9.
The “Independence Day” co-writer and producer Dean Devlin earlier prepared the story for the sequel in such a way that it would have made Smith the star of the film. However, once Smith declined, Devlin dealt with the ‘disappearance’ of Smith’s character in a ‘very respectful way’ that keeps him ‘a part of this universe.’
The “Independence Day: Resurgence” is said to be a true ensemble picture, which would have abundant of memorable events from the original cast. Alternatively, the redirected story, after Smith declined, has brought plenty of new faces in order to fill his (Smith’s) void.
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