Brent Spiner Confirmed to Somehow Return in 'Independence Day 2'
by Ethan Anderton
April 10, 2015
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:
— Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) April 9, 2015
Never release me. https://t.co/I3ims9itVz
— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) April 10, 2015
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.
Reader Feedback - 9 Comments
Why are they working so hard to bring back past cast members? No one cares except for Goldblum Smith and some people for Pullman.
OfficialJab on Apr 10, 2015
We didnt care about any of them, we just wanted to see cool shit getting blown up
Tester on Apr 10, 2015
Perhaps a zombie/ghost Randy Quaid should return too?
TheOct8pus on Apr 10, 2015
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...
Enola on Apr 10, 2015
I wouldn't be surprised if your theory was true and they did bring him back for part 2.
TheOct8pus on Apr 10, 2015
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?
Bill on Apr 10, 2015
It will flat on his face because the audience will expect to much...
ari smulders on Apr 10, 2015
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.
Brian Sleider on Apr 10, 2015
Yay! More work for Spiner! He is a talented actor.
DAVIDPD on Apr 10, 2015
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