“Will Smith cannot come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name,” said director Roland Emmerich of the follow-up to his 1996 blockbuster. “It would be too much.”
Smith doesn’t seem too worried about not starring in the upcoming sequel. The actor recently said he doesn’t want to continue starring in big-budget films.
“I’ve been really focused and it’s been an absolute necessity that ["After Earth"] be a blockbuster,” he said. “But I think I’m going to start moving out of that and finding more danger in my artistic choices.”
“Independence Day 2″ is scheduled to hit theaters on July 3, 2015.