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Just because “Independence Day 2” is coming to theaters in two years doesn’t mean that Will Smith is coming with it. Director Roland Emmerich has revealed that the star of the 1996 blockbuster “Independence Day” will not be returning two decades later for its sequel.

“Will Smith can not come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name,” Emmerich tells the New York Daily News. “It would be too much.”

He adds, “We have like maybe half of the people that you know would know from the first film [in the script] and the other half people who are new.”

“The Amazing Spider-Man” scribe James Vanderbilt is currently polishing Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin‘s initial script. It remains to be seen whether “Independence Day” actors like Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch or Adam Baldwin will be back for more. Bill Pullman has previously implied there’s a role for him. At least Emmerich admits with a laugh, “I think some aliens will be back.”

“Independence Day 2,” tentatively titled “ID Forever Part 1,” is due in theaters on July 3, 2015.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz