In an interview, Jeff Goldblum said that there is a sequel to the 1996 blockbuster film Independence Day and he’s got a part in it. The actor, who was passed over for a reprise of his role in the upcoming sequel to another ’90s hit, Jurassic Park, told Time that there is a script for the Independence Day sequel and he has been assured that he’s included.
The film is not yet official, but director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin are working on a second Independence Day film. The two shared writing credits in the original movie and they, according to Goldblum, hope to get the project going soon.
“…they have a part for me in what they hope will be a plan to make another one pretty soon.”
Goldblum acknowledged that the upcoming third installment of Jurassic Park is happening and he’s not been asked to be in it, despite telling them he’d “be the first in line.” He quickly switched to Independence Day talk, mentioning he’d had a meeting with the producer and director as they’re collaborating on the writing of a sequel (and have been for some time, Jeff says).
Once the story released, the Internet buzzed with the news that Jeff Goldblum had let drop that a new Independence Day was in the works. The Hollywood Reporter snatched onto the news and speculated about what Goldblum’s role would be in the long-awaited sequel. Cinema Blend points out that Bill Pullman, who played President Thomas Whitmore in the original, has also said he would return to the film. Will Smith, who starred in the original, however, has said he has no interest in returning to the role. Movies.com says that Judd Hirsch will also return to an Independence Day sequel.
Last year, Twentieth Century Fox had announced that a new Independence Day would release on July 3, 2015, says the Huffington Post. With a new movie not even filming yet, however, that seems unlikely. A 2016 date would make the film’s 20th anniversary, however, which may be more likely. This timing is corroborated by JoBlo, saying “ID4EVER” is planned for July 1, 2016.
As for the 1990s sci-fi star returning to Saturday Night Live? He said he’d love to do it. He referenced his Harry Caray skit with Will Ferrell as proof that he’d still be relevant to current audiences. Whether or not that would take place before or after his Independence Day return was not discussed.