Will Smith at the UEFA Champions Festival in East London on May 25, 2013CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images

After categorically denying Will Smith's involvement in the upcoming "Independence Day" sequels, director Roland Emmerich is backtracking on those statements, telling Digital Spy that there's still a chance his original star will appear in the new movies.

In an interview with the entertainment website, Emmerich did an about-face from his remarks earlier this summer that Smith was "too expensive" and "too much of a marquee name" to reprise his role as Captain Steven Hiller. According to the director, he and Smith have been discussing the possibility.

"I sometimes say, 'No, Will Smith will not be in it,' because he didn't want to do it at first," Emmerich told Digital Spy. "Now we have a meeting planned where we want to talk about it again. So, anything can happen."

While it's not a sure thing, Emmerich's statements certainly have us excited at the prospect of seeing Smith return to the role that made him an international superstar. Of course, that all depends on when exactly the first of the two planned-for follow-up films will be released, something Emmerich said may also change.

"It's changing every month, because to put a sequel together of that magnitude is like an enormous undertaking," he said.

He added that "Independence Day 2" would still get made, but its projected release date of July 3, 2015, is looking like it will be pushed to July 2016 instead. Here's hoping Smith can use that extra time to make some room in his schedule.

[via Digital Spy]

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