'Independence Day 2' to Feature Will Smith as President?

Director Roland Emmerich dropped a subtle hint about the sequel and revealed it would take place in an alternate reality.
Will Smith may be the President in Independence Day 2
Will Smith may be the President in Independence Day 2
We have known since last November that two back-to-back Independence Day sequels were being planned, although we haven't had much information on the story for either Independence Day 2 or Independence Day 3. MTV Movies Blog spoke with director Roland Emmerich, who dropped a big hint that Will Smith may be the President of the United States in the sequels. Here's an excerpt from their interview:

"It's an alternate reality kind of movie. We pick up the story, what would have happened after this kind of attack? Naturally, the alien technology has changed everything."

Did they rebuild the White House? Who will be president?

"Or, who will be president? Who Will be president? See?"


We also reported back in March that Will Smith was locked in to star in both movies and that they could start shooting early next year.

We'll be sure to keep you posted with any further details on Independence Day 2 and Independence Day 3 as soon as we have more information.

ID Forever - Part 1 comes to theaters July 1st, 2016 and stars Jeff Goldblum. The film is directed by Roland Emmerich.

ID Forever - Part 2 is in development and stars Will Smith. The film is directed by Roland Emmerich.



Sources: MTV Movies Blog

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  1. Writer220

    I just can't see Will as President, anyone else yes but not him.

    4 years agoby @writer220Flag

  2. MrP

    So what's the title going to be then ID4-2 and ID4-3? Wish these muppets would decide before hand that they may make a sequel and not stick all their eggs in one basket. Showing the mother ship so that you think 'Oh the saucers are the smaaaallll ones look at this big fat one' But then it gets stupid because in ID4-2, the big fat one will obviously be just a small one in comparison too what's coming next and in ID4-3 Gueeeessssss what etc etc bland bland etc.

    Hate nonsense like that. Someone being smart to the point of stupid even in my favs. Kyle Reese 'Nothing Dead will go, something to do with the field generated by a living organism!' So explain how the T1000 gets through, Oh you can't..........all together now ' I DIDN'T BUILD THE F*CKING THING!'

    Emmerich's films are always pants and brainless. How he compared 10,000BC with its artistic licence chronology up against Apocolypto is beyond anyone. Universal Soldier was his best effort despite his gratuitous JCVD arse shot where he dropped his strides, that didn't really have to happen once let alone twice.

    4 years agoby @mrpFlag

  3. ollie-styrene

    This is better than Roland making 10 000 BC 2. that movie sucked donkey balls!! ID4 is one of my favourite movies, and will smith is one of my favourite actors.. so go for it.. just make it good,.. and big... and please... go to another planet!!

    4 years agoby @ollie-styreneFlag

  4. ejk1

    Yeah, I'm sorry about that @Iron Fist. I didn't mean "argument" in any negative way. I just meant that you confused me with what counted and why, that's all.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  5. slysnide

    How can he top "ID4"? It was too '90s, thus great, and his greatest considering his lackluster effects laden flicks. I hope this doesn't turn out to be a complete 3D effects house of crap.

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  6. Escapist

    Soon they may even start putting female presidents in movies. They tried to dabble in that in the axed series FlashFoward.

    4 years agoby @escapistFlag

  7. Solar XI

    I'm not arguing. Just stating, somebody happened to respond.

    4 years agoby @solarxiFlag

  8. Dan

    Seems like a pretty pointless argument. Who cares what the presidents look like in tv shows and movies, their all f*cking humans in the end. People and their pettiness, I swear.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. ejk1

    Wait ,I don't get the premise for your argument. The fact that at least two examples of black presidents before Obama's election indicate that the studio's were trending that way at least some of the time. Haysbert and Freeman being cast as presidents demonstrate how Hollywood was moving towards a more inclusive place, as also evidenced by woman in power(Cherry Jones as President Taylor in 24, and Geena Davis in the short-lived Commander-In-Chief are prime examples). I don't think it has as much to do with Obama's election as it does Hollywood stretching it's creative wings, or at least trying to do so.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  10. Solar XI

    Well, I don't watch 24 but thanks for telling me. He, along with Morgan Freeman don't count. I'm talking about how casting black actors for the role of presidents are a becoming a trend since Barack Obama was elected. Thanks for letting me know though.

    4 years agoby @solarxiFlag

  11. Dan

    Hey I thought 2012 was good stupid fun (mostly due to Woody Harrelson's cameo). I get a kick out of watching the world get destroyed. There doesn't have to be a lot of brains involved with that.

    And the Allstate guy aka Mr. President aka Dennis Haysbert rocked in 24.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  12. ejk1

    @Iron Fist, Dennis Haysbert played a black president, in 24, before anyone outside of Chicago heard of Obama. He is considered to be by far the best president from that show, as well.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  13. mosorwvlad

    Will Smith should stay away from this, look at what Emmerich did with 10,000 BC and 2012, they were just the most stupid films i have ever seen. CGI doesn't make a movie, the story, the script, the screenplay, that's what makes a movie god damn it. I'm not a director or a producer and i know this. Why doesn't he know this ?

    4 years agoby @mosorwvladFlag

  14. Writer220

    ID2: the search of Randy Quaid

    4 years agoby @writer220Flag

  15. Solar XI

    @Bane 5000: It's not speaking ill, I'm stating what I see. Did it take an actual Presidential election to cast black men or women as the President in movies or TV? Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact doesn't count. This is partially because Will Smith is the front runner to play Barack Obama in a biopic. Will Smith is locked in for the sequels, obviously it isn't for the paycheck, unless he wants to go back to his early film days. What does this mean for Men In Black III or Bad Boys III?

    With this franchise what are they going to do next, resurrect Randy Quaid?

    4 years agoby @solarxiFlag

  16. Rufio

    i think making this a franchise is a bad idea. these ideas sound better than him being an intergalactic fighter pilot and declaring war on all aliens, but i'm with @jasonkat .... i think this idea, generally speaking, is lame.

    4 years agoby @rufioFlag

  17. JasonKat

    This is LAME. Steven hiller will just go on his honeymoon w his stripper wife Jasmine, and son.. David would prob get sum kinda goverment job since he knows so much about technology. by the way he will reunite w his ex. Thomas J. would just remain PRESIDENT. . depending on what time this is taking place, but it will NOT be (will smith). whoever thinks so, is prob high. THE MOTHER SHIP WAS WIPED OUT.

    4 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  18. sobolan

    but i thought they will never be a Independence Day 2 movie, and i know this for a long time now

    4 years agoby @sobolanFlag

  19. Spongebob_Boxofficepants

    This Independence Day sequels are kinda like The Matrix! they were made because of the success of the 1st film!

    4 years agoby @spongebob-boxofficepantsFlag

  20. CBF

    Wow....everything I am reading about upcoming movies lately is just really pissing me off. I literally hate The Big Six... the studio system used to be an illegal monopoly and I still think it has continued to this day.

    4 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  21. Daveactor7

    .....wow. @Darkx dude he's playing his other character from the original movie. Just because he's black doesn't mean Obama.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  22. Darkxsushii

    So who the f*ck is he supposed to be Obama?

    4 years agoby @darkxsushiiFlag

  23. Diaigma

    Alternate . . . reality . . . okay. Sequel is dead to me now :P

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  24. Bane5000

    @CelluloidDreams...Seriously man, they really think this film will boost back the popularity the first film had then to make another bond film, something the public is actually beating down hollywood to make...these are shamefull days my friend

    @Iron Fist...Yeah ive noticed that too, just didint want to say anything cuz i know how touchy it is to speak ill of african americans...

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  25. Bane5000

    boy, will smith just wants to play a president bad doesnt he....First there was that he wanted to produce and star in a biopic about Obama back when he had just barely had gotten elected, now that it doesnt look like hell be able to do that he wants tobe president in this one...i wont be suprised if he runs for president soon..lol

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  26. GreatOz

    haha MrP...I like that

    4 years agoby @greatozFlag

  27. Daveactor7

    The second reason being that why the hell make a sequel?

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  28. Daveactor7

    Im sorry but this movie will be stupid for two reasons: one, Roland Emmerich has directed horrible movies over the past decade such as "10,000 b.c", "the day after tomorrow" and "2012" he will not come back with this. The first independence day was the best and a new director should helm this project since Roland is soooooo unreliable.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  29. MrP

    Well its no longer 'Independence Day'. Now its going to be 'Independence long Weekend'

    4 years agoby @mrpFlag

  30. incmob

    or...I am not sure this WILL work, I am not sure this WILL work. See?

    okay besides knocking his quote, i dont feel that this would work very well. and of course i also feel that they should take the fight to them... although from how much time has passed not sure if that would be convincing, and it would be too similar having the aliens come back to try and stomp us again. I havent heard anything yet but i think what made the first one good, was the ensemble cast (would love to see jeff goldblum back), it was not just a WILL SMITH vehicle, because he still was not all that established as hollywoods moneymaker. Cant say i have any expectations and that alone might make it a better sequel than it really may be. As far as Emmerich's films go, i think it has been a hit or miss... godzilla wasnt well received, and neither was that turd 10,000 b.c. but the day after tomorrow and 2012 seemed to fair a bit better with people, so it will be interesting. personally i prefer a movie like the first ID4 where will smith did not have a prominent role, it made him more interesting, and developed other characters that were important as well. i am keeping my fingers crossed on this one.

    end note* not really sure it needs a sequel but i guess Emmerich has run out of ideas for blowing up the world.

    4 years agoby @incmobFlag