Will Smith Will Not Return for Independence Day Sequel 0

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According to Deadline.com, some of their sources have let it slip that Will Smith is officially out of the Independence Day sequel. The reason why Smith isn’t returning has not been revealed yet, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if it’s financially related, as director Roland Emmerich told Daily News a year ago that Will Smith might be “too expensive” for the project.

Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman, on the other hand, will be back to reprise their roles. As a replacement for Will Smith, Ross Bagley will be joining the cast as the grown up version of Smith’s son in the original film.

Of course, lots of things may still happen considering that Independence Day 2 is still a long ways off, as it is scheduled for July 4, 2016.