Will Smith "too expensive" for Independence Day 2

News Simon Brew 24 Jun 2013 - 06:08

Will Smith will not be back for Independence Day 2, confirms director Roland Emmerich...

Last week, 20th Century Fox confirmed that it was pressing ahead with Independence Day 2, giving it a summer 2015 release date. Roland Emmerich is returning to direct the new film.

Emmerich is currently on the publicity trail for his upcoming action movie White House Down, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, and inevitably, the question of Independence Day 2 has come up. Talking to the New York Daily News, Emmerich has now revealed that one major part of the first film will not be back for the second.

"Will Smith cannot come back because he's too expensive", Emmerich said, "but he'd also be too much of a marquee name. We have maybe half the people that you know from the first film, and the other half people who are new", he revealed.

Smith wasn't the massive movie star he became when the first Independence Day film was released, although his box office pulling power has been called into question just this summer, as After Earth's global take currently sits at $171m (with just $57m of that coming from the US). That said, he'd certainly add a few quid to the budget for Independence Day 2, and it seems as though the plan is to spend the cash elsewhere.

Independence Day 2 is set for release on July 3rd 2015.

New York Daily News.

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