The Fate of Will Smith’s Steven Hiller from Independence Day Revealed

Viral site reveals fate of Will Smith’s Independence Day character

Yesterday, 20th Century Fox revealed the first official trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence, which you can see by clicking here, and with it a viral website detailing the alternate history of the Earth in the wake of the first film. Stuck within the various slides on the site is one that reveals what happened to Will Smith’s character, Steven Hiller, between the two films, since Smith does not reprise his role for the upcoming film.

Dated April 27, 2007, the slide reads as follows: “While test piloting the ESD’s first alien hybrid fighter, an unknown malfunction causes the untimely death of Col. Hiller. Hiller’s valor in the War of 96 made him a beloved global icon whose selfless assault against the alien mothership lead directly to the enemy’s defeat. He is survived by his wife Jasmine and son Dylan.”

Vivica Fox is set to appear in the film as Jasmine Hiller, while Jessie Usher will play the role of Dylan.

Related: 55 Screenshots from the Independence Day: Resurgence Trailer!

Also starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Maika Monroe and Sela Ward, the new entry in the franchise is officially described as follows:

We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction. had the privilege of visiting the Albuquerque set of Independence Day: Resurgence this summer and we’ll be bringing you lots of behind-the-scenes surprises between now and the film’s release in theaters on June 24, 2016.

Twenty-two years in the making, Independence Day: Resurgence features a script by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin and James Vanderbilt, James A.Woods & Nicolas Wright.