Director Roland Emmerich revealed on Thursday that two more have joined the cast of Independence Day 2 – Joey King (Oz The Great and Powerful, The Conjuring, White House Down) and Brent Spiner (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”). Spiner appeared in the 1996 original as Dr. Brackish Okun.
The two join a cast that includes Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vivica A. Fox, and Travis Tope. It is believed that Bill Pullman will be returning in some capacity as well, but the actor’s involvement has not yet been confirmed.
Set to hit theaters on June 24, 2016 (almost exactly 20 years after the original), Independence Day 2 is looking to begin production in May with a script most recently rewritten by Carter Blanchard (best known for the short-lived 2009 series “G vs E”). Previous drafts were done by Emmerich and Dean Devlin, and then by James Vanderbilt.
The original Independence Day opened on July 3, 1996 and earned an impressive $817.4 million worldwide. Emmerich is also set to produce the sequel alongside Devlin and Harald Kloser.