Will Smith Not to Return for "Independence Day" Sequel

Posted Saturday February 8, 2014 1:13 AM GMT

Putting an end to hopes and rumors circulating this past year, Will Smith will not reprise his role as Captain Steven Hiller in director Roland Emmerich's "Independence Day 2."

Deadline has reported that the 45-year-old informed 20th Century Fox that he will not join up with the cast of the sequel, which is scheduled for release on July 1st, 2016.

Hype surrounds the upcoming sci-fi flick, as 2016 marks the the 20th anniversary of "Independence Day," which raked in $817.4 million overall.

And despite the fact that the "Fresh Prince" alum will not play in the movie, it is still very much in the works, as Emmerich and co-writer and producer Dean Devlin wrote two different versions of the movie; one featuring Smith and one not, while Emmerich also confirmed that a few of the original cast members will also join the movie. We can hardy wait!

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