Will Liam Hemsworth Battle Aliens in 'Independence Day 2'?

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 10:49 Written by  iamrogue
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Will Liam Hemsworth Battle Aliens in 'Independence Day 2'?

Since Will Smith isn't returning, Independence Day 2 needs a strapping male lead to play action hero against alien invaders.

Who will step in to lead the next generation of Earthlings fleeing fireballs and monument wreckage?  If a new rumor is to be believed, ID Forever is taking aim at Liam Hemsworth.

You know Liam Hemsworth.  He plays Gale Hawthorne in the Hunger Games franchise, the last installment of which, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, hits theaters next year.  The Paranoia star suffered the indignity of death by Van Damme in The Expendables 2, and this year he'll star alongside Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker and Woody Harrelson in By Way of Helena.

According to The Wrap, the less charismatic Hemsworth brother has been offered a lead role in the Independence Day sequel.

20th Century Fox has yet to comment, so this is just a rumor for now.  Production on the abysmally-titled ID Forever is set to begin this May, so it's not too early for director Roland Emmerich to begin locking down stars for the sequel.

Smith's out, but both Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are expected to reprise their roles as world-saver David Levinson and President Whitmore, respectively. 

Neither has been officially cast, but last year, Goldblum himself told IAR's own Jami Philbrick, "I had a dinner meeting a while ago now with Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, who I enjoy very much. I haven't read anything, but they're cooking up something that they sound passionate about. So, I'll see if that occurs. That would be fun."

Emmerich and producer Devlin, who co-wrote the first movie together, have handed off scripting duties on the sequel.  White House Down scribe James Vanderbilt took the first crack at ID Forever, followed by Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, then Carter Blanchard.

Last November, Fox officially gave the Independence Day sequel a green light with plans afoot for a June 24 2016 release date, almost twenty years to the day after the original – a declaration of American exceptionalism and imperialism wrapped in a stupid blockbuster – hit theaters.  

Because the movie grossed more than $800 million and really tapped into that Clinton-era zeitgeist, the studio's hope for a sequel never really died.  For the last several years, in fact, Emmerich and Devlin were planning back-to-back ID4 sequels, but instead they're testing the waters with one.

Will Liam Hemsworth take up arms against aliens in ID Forever?  Stay tuned to find out.

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