Deadline is reporting that director Roland Emmerich and co-writer and producer Dean Devlin are going to have to figure out a way to fight the Earth invading aliens without Captain Steven Hiller as Will Smith has informed Fox that he won't be returning for the sequel to Independence Day.
The film is currently set to be released on July 4 weekend, 2016, the 20th anniversary of the original film that grossed over $817 million worldwide.
The original film helped launch Smith's career, quickly making him one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood. Word is that Fox will continue pushing forward with the project without Smith as two scripts were originally crafted, one with Smith's character and one without.
Smith, who had an impressive run of blockbusters, is also planning to leave the Men in Black franchise as Sony is working to reboot the franchise after failing to get out of the red, which was in large part due to the high grosses paid to the principles.