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Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth & Jeff Goldblum To Star In 'Independence Day 2'

The long-awaited 'Independence Day' sequel is moving on from Will Smith and will instead be led by Jessie Usher.

Director Roland Emmerich announced the news on Twitter this morning, saying: "Excited to officially announce that Jessie Usher will be joining the cast for the sequel of Independence Day."

He then added that Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum were also confirmed as "the next two pieces of the Independence Day sequel."

The 23-year-old Jessie Usher will play the son of Will Smith's character, Steven Hiller, from the first film. Smith is not expected to appear in the sequel but Emmerich will obviously return.

The director says the actor landed the role after his producing partner, Harald Kloser, noticed Jessie in between sets of pushups at the gym and gave him an audition.

The casting is also a big move for Liam Hemsworth, who moves from one hit franchise ('The Hunger Games') to another.

'Independence Day 2' has a release date of June 24, 2016.

March 4, 2015 |

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