Direct from Independence Day 2 director, Roland Emmerich, Will Smith is back in talks to reprise his role as Captain Steven Hiller. According to Digital Spy’s interview with the White House Down director, Emmerich said, “I sometimes say no, Will Smith will not be in it because he didn’t want to do it at first. Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. Anything can happen.”
With Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum already confirmed for the sequel, Smith would be the the piece de resistance for full on blockbuster marketability. As awesome as it is to even have the chance to get the gang back together so to speak, I have to call into question why the sudden change of heart. I am a huge Will Smith fan and stand as one of the minority that enjoyed After Earth; however, it did nowhere near the numbers it was expected to ($60,522,097 total gross after 80 days with a $130 million budget ). For that matter, White House Down was not exactly a box office smash either ($72,834,443 total gross after 67 days with a $150 million budget). Could this just be a way for both Emmerich and Smith to get a quick turn around from a beloved IP (intellectual property)? Whatever the reason, no one will mind as long as they do not drop the ball.
~the Ace of Spades