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William Fichtner Also Cast in Emmerich's 'Independence Day' Sequel

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May 29, 2015

William Fichtner

The cast for this big sequel continues to grow, with yet another intriguing name. Deadline reports that actor William Fichtner is joining Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2 as a "top general". Apparently Fichtner's role as a general will get "even larger in the two films that will follow." Very interesting. Fichtner has appeared in a variety of films recently, including The Homesman, Elysium, The Lone Ranger, Phantom, Wrong, Drive Angry and The Dark Knight of course. He's always great to see in a movie, and I'm curious why his role will expand as it goes on. Does something happen to him or is he just a survivor? This also indicates that Fox is really pushing forward with a new trilogy of Independence Day movies coming up.

As for returning cast members – Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner and recently confirmed Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch will all be back as their characters from the first film. Maika Monroe is another newcomer. The sequel is supposed to take place 20 years after the events of the first film, which will be real time, almost to the day, from when the original was released. Emmerich is directing again with a script that he co-wrote with Dean Devlin and James Vanderbilt. With two decades passing since the first film, will fans be eager to see what kind of alien battle we'll have on Earth this time? We'll just have to wait and see.

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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments

1

Seems like an okay fit for some reason. Now they just need to fire Fox and Spiner (unless his involvement is just video diaries or something).

OfficialJab on May 29, 2015

2

Can't say I am curious about this follow up, but this is a good choice...

ari smulders on May 29, 2015

3

This guy needs more roles...always a treat to watch.

Jon Odishaw on May 29, 2015

4

One of the day's best character actors.

DAVIDPD on May 29, 2015

5

Still scratching my head and paying attention to the Brent Spiner thing.

Lar Rackell on May 29, 2015

6

I hope he has an accent and will fly planes.

DAVIDPD on May 29, 2015

7

He'll never top his work in Ultraviolet.

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I'm actually pretty excited for this movie.

Chris Groves on May 30, 2015

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My hope is that they bring David Arnold to score again. The first film's score was truly great.

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