Will Smith, who starred in the original 1996 blockbuster, will not be returning, but Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are reprising their roles along with Vivica A. Fox, who played Smith’s character’s wife. Hirsch is reprising his role as Goldblum’s character’s father.
Newcomers Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher will play Pullman’s son-in-law and Fox’s son, respectively. Travis Tope will play Charlie, though character details were not immediately available.
Emmerich has been sharing casting news via his Twitter and took to the social media platform once again for Hirsch’s return.
“It’s official… we’re thrilled to have the GREAT Judd Hirsch grace the set of #IndependenceDay once again!” he said.
Dean Devlin wrote the first draft of the film with Emmerich, while James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright wrote the most recent draft. James Vanderbilt also had a hand in writing the movie, which Emmerich and Devlin are producing with Harald Kloser.
Hirsch is represented by Joan Sittenfield Management.