There’s only a month to go before Roland Emmerich’s “Independence Day: Resurgence” hits cinemas, a film which sees the return of several key cast members from the original film including Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox.
One name that won’t be returning is Will Smith, the actor who was at one time was attached during the sequel’s long development phase. At the time, versions of the film both with and without Smith were reportedly being prepared.
Ultimately the actor opted out to star in David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” instead. Meanwhile Emmerich’s film effectively killed off Smith’s character in a tragic accident that takes place years before the events of ‘Resurgence’. Speaking with ComicBook.com, Emmerich revealed how Smith’s departure had a massive impact on the overall story of the sequel:
“In the very beginning, [Will Smith] was on board. He was actually very excited to do it but it got a little bit unlucky there. Even I needed kind of like two years to get through two scripts. We wanted to make two scripts because when we have Will we want to have two right away.
We sent him the scripts just when he was doing After Earth and wanted to create his own trilogy and had just done Men in Black 3 which was not a good experience for him. So, he just opted out. And I pretty much opted out.
It took me a couple of years until I could replace Will as not just one actor but a whole generation which is probably the breakthrough which was happening roughly two years ago… From then on, it was actually the story changed a lot. All the sudden, it was not about the old characters returning but it was more about the old characters handing it over to another generation in a very cool way.”
The possibility of a third film in the series is good if ‘Resurgence’ is a success, Smith meanwhile is committed to other sequels in his near future including “Bad Boys 3” and potentially “Suicide Squad 2”.