Will Smith's character, Steven Hiller, isn’t in "Independence Day: Resurgence", because according to the sequel's website, the character died in 2007 .
A sequel to the 1996 action classic “Independence Day” is currently in the works, with an official trailer already out.
The bad news is, Will Smith's character Steven Hiller isn’t in it, because according to the sequel's website, the character Hiller died in 2007 between the events of the first and second films.
In a recent interview with Yahoo Movies, Smith spoke on exiting the franchise and his reaction.
"I was working on 'Suicide Squad' during that time. Roland Emmerich and I had talked about it. The trailer looks really cool. I’m going to be sitting around with tears in my eyes when that one comes out. It was terrible when I found out my character died."
According to a report by New York Daily Times, the director Roland Emmerich stated that Smith won’t be a part of the sequel because "he's too expensive.”
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Starring Vivica A. Fox, Bil Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Judd Hirsch, Sela Ward and Charlotte Gainsbourg, the sequel is set nearly 20 years after the original was released in 1996.
Produced by Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser, 'Independence Day Resurgence' has been fixed for a June 24, 2016 release.