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Roland Emmerich Says Jeff Goldblum Will Be In the ID4 Sequel, Gives You a Reason to Watch It Whether You Wanted One Or Not

But which other, less-relevant-to-our-interests actors than Jeff Goldblum (just being honest) have and haven’t left their alien-fighting days behind them? Hit the jump to find out.

Via Erik Davis of, who moderated a Q&A with director Roland Emmerich:

When I pressed him on who those returning characters are, he said Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are on board so far… No word on how either man factors into the plot of the sequel, which Emmerich has said is “unusual.”

Yes, but will Pullman’s President (presumably ex-President by this point, as the two-part sequel is said to take place between 20 and 25 years after the first movie) give an inspiring speech? What am I saying? Of course he will. And Goldblum’s scientist will make geek hearts go pitter-patter. It is known.

As for who won’t be returning, that would be Will Smith, whom Emmerich says is “too expensive.” That seems a little off to me, because if you’re going to do an Independence Day sequel you should really go big (in terms of budget, set pieces, etc.) or go home. But money isn’t the only reason. Says Emmerich:

“Will Smith can not come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name… It would be too much. 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.”

According to Emmerich wants Smith to have a cameo so he can “pass the torch” to a new generation of alien-punchers, but he has yet to present the script to him. That would be great and all, but I’m more interested in whether Judd Hirsch will be back.

The answer to that should be “yes,” Roland, by the way.

(via: blastr, io9)

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  • Lisa Liscoumb

    I want Adam Baldwin to come back for the sequel!

  • Claire Ryan

    Will Smith is too expensive and Jeff Goldblum isn’t?

  • Magic Xylophone

    This is a joke, right? Will’s one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, and Jeff’s the star of Criminal Intent. No indication of relative quality, but still.

  • Magic Xylophone

    I’m okay with Judd Hirsch being dead. In the movie, I mean! But Jeff’s introduction should definitely be playing chess on the iPad with his kid in Central Park, in front of the new NYC skyline. I’m actually unreasonably excited for this sequel, just out of interest over how the world will have changed post-invasion. Not that I’m expecting intellectually sharp world-building from Emmerich, but still… potent premise.

  • Big Redd

    This is very true, he was supposed to be in Django and even The Matrix but turned down those roles…..I’m sure Jamie Foxx and Keanu Reeves respectively did not have an issue with this as they did well in those roles!