Independence Day sequel set to be released on the 20th anniversary of the original
By
reuters.com

Source:
Reuters
4 Mar 2015 - 5:07 PM  UPDATED 4 Mar 2015 - 5:07 PM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Fox has cast "Survivor's Remorse" star Jessie Usher in "Independence Day 2" as the lead, with Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum also starring.

Goldblum appeared in the original as computer expert David Levinson.

Usher will portray the son of Will Smith's Steven Hiller character from the 1996 original. Smith is not expected to return.

Director Roland Emmerich will return to helm "Independence Day 2," set for release on June 24, 2016 -- almost exactly 20 years from when the first film hit theatres on July 3, 1996. Dean Devlin, Emmerich and Harald Kloser are producing.

Usher stars in the Starz series "Survivor's Remorse" as a basketball player who moves to Atlanta with his family. The show has been renewed for a second season.

Usher's film credits include Sony's football drama "When the Game Stands Tall." He's repped by Paradigm and Williams Unlimited.

Watch the original The Movie Show review of Independence Day: