After a rousing game of will he or won’t he?, Will Smith will not star in the forthcoming Independence Day sequel, nor will he be involved in Men in Black 4.
Deadline broke the news that Smith was backing out of ID2. It remains unclear why the star decided not to save the world from another alien invasion. Director Roland Emmerich reportedly had two different scripts—one that anticipated for Smith’s return and the other without him. Emmerich and Smith were going to discuss the possibility of Smith reprising the role that turned him into box office gold. Apparently things did not work out.
The studio is reportedly interested in rising star Michael B. Jordan as a potential successor to Smith. But thus far, no one is confirmed to appear in the film except Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman.
Sony Pictures is attempting to reboot the Men in Black franchise, and because of his hefty asking price, Smith is not likely to appear in MIB 4. That doesn’t mean he is giving up on sequels altogether. He is expected to appear in the follow-up to 2008’s Hancock along with Charlize Theron.
Smith will next appear in Focus alongside Margot Robbie (The Wolf of the Wall Street).