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Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch returning for Independence Day 2

Independence Day

Story by Jack Foley

BILL Pullman and Judd Hirsch are to reprise their roles in Roland Emmerich’s forthcoming Independence Day sequel.

Pullman played President Whitmore in the 1996 original and emerged as one of the film’s most iconic characters thanks to his now often quoted rallying speech.

Hirsch, meanwhile, played Julius Levinson, father to Jeff Goldblum’s computer genius character. Goldblum is also returning.

Emmerich, who is returning to direct, announced the castings via Twitter on Friday.

The returning cast members will line-up alongside series newcomers Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher, who will play the son of the cocky fighter pilot played by Will Smith in the original. As yet, Smith isn’t confirmed to re-appear.

The first Independence Day grossed more than $800 million worldwide.

Its belated sequel is currently slated for June 24, 2016, just under 20 years after its predecessor first became such a box office sensation.

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