Roland Emmerich has not been shy when it comes to talking about anticipated sequels to his 1996 alien-invasion hit "Independence Day." Follow-ups to the blockbuster have been in the works for years, and 20th Century Fox finally announced a release date for "Independence Day 2" today.

The second installment of the movie that, arguably, launched Will Smith's big-screen star is set to hit theaters July 3, 2015, according to Screen Rant.

Speaking of Smith, don't expect to see him in the sequel, Screen Rant also reports. The "After Earth" actor recently told BBC News that he does not want to become "the sequel guy," when asked about a proposed follow-up to his movie "I am Legend."

However, two other stars of "Independence Day," Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman, have not ruled out appearing the sequel.

Emmerich told Entertainment Weekly that "ID2" and "3" will be set 20 years after the original film, and the first in the series of sequels will end with a cliffhanger, acting as a setup for the third movie.

Fox's other announcements included release date changes for "Assassin's Creed," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," and "X-Men Days of Future Past," which has been moved up from July 18, 2014, to May 23, 2014.

[via Screen Rant]

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