Vivica A. Fox is coming back for “Independence Day 2” to reprise her role as Jasmine Dubrow from the 1996 first movie in what is now going to be a franchise.
She joins the previously cast Jessie T. Usher, who starred in the LeBron James-produced Starz series, “Survivor’s Remorse,” who will play the lead in Fox’s “Independence Day” sequel, which will be released during the summer of 2016, exactly 20 years after the first film’s July 3, 1996 theatrical debut.
As for Will Smith, he’s not returning, and will indeed sit out the next 2 films, paving the way for Usher to take over, playing his son, in a handing-off of the baton.
As director Roland Emmerich said previously, the sequels would be “a bit like the sons takeover,” meaning maybe Will Smith wasn’t expected to be part of the sequels in the first place – at least, not in any meaningful way – and the storylines for each film will instead focus on a new generation of human heroes, including Will Smith’s character’s eventual stepson (Vivica Fox’s kid) in “ID4” (who was played by Ross Bagley, now 25 years old).
Although maybe Will Smith will be returning, but his involvement will be limited; a cameo appearance, for example.
Some of the original cast will be back for both films, which will begin 20+ years after the first film, including Jeff Goldblum.
Liam Hemsworth and Charlotte Gainsbourg are new additions.
— Vivica A. Fox (@MsVivicaFox) March 24, 2015