We can all agree that the films of the 1990s will always stay near and dear to our hearts, and many of us are prone to freak out when we hear that one of our favorites is getting a remake or a sequel. I mean, would a LeBron James-starring “Space Jam” sequel have the same cultural impact as the original? Absolutely not. Dude’s got more haters than a foreign dictator. You’d have people complaining that he’s a hack and saying he’s not as good as His Airness Michael Jordan, and you’d have people asking “Why Not Kobe or Kevin Durant or James Harden or Steph Curry or Brian Scalabrine?” until the cows come home. It’s almost not worth the grief.
However, “Independence Day” fans can rest easy knowing that this film will definitely have some legitimacy in the announcement that one of the biggest stars of the film will be returning. We can now confirm that JEFF GOLDBLUM will be reprising his role as David Levinson in the “Independence Day” sequel. PULLMAN BE PRAISED. Director Roland Emmerich, who wrote and directed the original, confirmed the news on Twitter.
— Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) March 4, 2015
Levinson, as you all remember, was the MIT-educated computer expert and satellite technician who came up with the plan to implement the computer virus into the alien mothership, disrupting the alien force field so Randy Quaid could kamikaze into the ship, destroying it at the cost of his own life. “It’s like in chess: First, you strategically position your pieces and when the timing is right, you strike…checkmate.”
We’d later discover that Quaid survived the heroic act, and went on to go crazy, attack everyone in Hollywood, and make a video of himself humping his wife wearing a Rupert Murdoch mask. I bet he won’t be back for the sequel.
Goldblum is reuniting with such other returning cast members as Bill Pullman, who signed on as far back as two years ago to reprise his role as President Thomas J. Whitmore. They will be joined by newcomers Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher, the latter of whom will be playing Will Smith’s character’s son. The film is rumored to be set in an alternate reality where humans used the alien technology they recovered from the botched invasion to advance society, and the aliens return to find a completely different human race, armed with their technology. Sounds badass..
[via The Today Show]