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Brent Spiner Confirmed to Somehow Return in 'Independence Day 2'

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April 10, 2015

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It looks like Jeff Goldblum and Vivica A. Fox won't be the only returning original cast members from Independence Day who come back for the sequel from director Roland Emmerich. The filmmaker took to Twitter to reveal that Brent Spiner will be back for Independence Day 2. In the original film, Spiner played Dr. Brackish Okun, one of the scientists who worked on the secret government program studying aliens before the invasion happened in Independence Day. He was a weird guy, and we would have thought that he died after his encounter with one of the aliens in the first film, but apparently he's alive and kicking.

Here's the tweets in question from Roland Emmerich and Brent Spiner with the news:

However, the film has also gained a new cast member with young actress Joey King (The Conjuring, Wish I Was Here) taking a role in the film. And if you want to feel old, King wasn't even born when the first film was released. As of now her character hasn't been specified, so we'll be waiting to hear some details about that. What we know so far is that Jessie Usher is playing the son of Will Smith's character from the first film (though the actor won't be back) and Liam Hemsworth has one of the other lead roles. Charlotte Gainsbourg also has a role and we're hoping Bill Pullman will be back in some capacity too. Stay tuned for more.

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  • OfficialJab
    Why are they working so hard to bring back past cast members? No one cares except for Goldblum Smith and some people for Pullman.
    • Tester
      We didnt care about any of them, we just wanted to see cool shit getting blown up
  • TheOct8pus
    Perhaps a zombie/ghost Randy Quaid should return too?
    • Enola
      Randy didn't die, he flew through the Stargate in the middle of the alienship 😛 They are doing world building here, the worlds of Id4 and Stargate will clash!!! Would love to see Crazy Quaid in ID4 2 or whatever they will call it...
      • TheOct8pus
        I wouldn't be surprised if your theory was true and they did bring him back for part 2.
  • Bill
    other hen the cool special f/x the story and premise of the first one was idiotic... yet they'll make another rather then write a fresh story idea?
  • ari smulders
    It will flat on his face because the audience will expect to much...
  • Brian Sleider
    SO he is excited about filling out his movie with B and C listers? Whats that say about the movie? I love Spiner, I mean LOVE him, His role as Data is my favorite android in all of TV or Film. But this movie will be a mess.
  • Lagoya
    is it just me or is Dreamworks' 'Home' more or less just a copy of independence day?! Even down to the so called 'bad' alien at the end/
  • DAVIDPD
    Yay! More work for Spiner! He is a talented actor.

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