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Despite its severe lack of Will
Smith, Independence Day 2 is actually
shaping up rather nicely. Jeff Gold-
blum is back on board, he ll be joined
by the eminently watchable Liam
Hemsworth, and it s now also been
confirmed that Brent Spiner is return-
ing for the blockbuster.
Roland Emmerich, who is stepping
back into the director s chair for the
follow-up his 1996 disaster epic, took
to his Twitter account to confirm that
Spiner will reprise his role as Dr Brack-
ish Okun for Independence Day 2, while
also confirming that a new actress will
join the ensemble.
Before you can potty yourself over
a certain issue, let me just declare that
I know exactly what you re all thinking.
Didn t Brent Spiner s Dr Brackish Okun
die in Independence Day? Because
that s exactly what appeared to happen
in the original. I mean, does this guy
look like he s about to shake off his
injuries and go on living happily ever
Well, it turns out that rather than
perishing after being accosted by the
vindictive extra terrestrial, Dr Brackish
Okun actually went into a coma, even
though everything in the above scene
actually points to his death. I suppose
he could have been resuscitated while
the rest of Independence Day unfolded,
it just seemed very unlikely.
Regardless of whether it makes
sense, Brent Spiner s return is an
encouraging sign as it creates yet
another bridge between the original
film and the impending sequel. Also,
having had his brain consumed by the
alien, he will have first hand knowledge
of how these creatures think and act.
Plus, Spiner is a welcome addition
to any cast thanks to his eclectic but
constantly intriguing performances,
and he was particularly sensational as
the excitable scientist Okun in the orig-
Joey King is another sturdy addition
to an already impressive cast. Despite
being just 15 years old, King has already
proven that she has the skill to not
only mix it up with her more renowned
and mature co-stars, but she can also
excel opposite them too.
Independence Day 2 will be with us
on June 24, 2016, and Spiner and King
will be joined on-screen by Liam
Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Jessie
Usher, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Vivi-
ca A Fox for the follow up, which, even
though it s being directed by the always
temperamental Emmerich, might just
be the surprise hit of summer 2016.
film director John Sin-
gleton has pulled out
of the forthcoming
biopic of the late rapper
Writing on Instagram,
the 47-year-old accused
people involved in the
film for having a lack of
Shakur s legacy.
"Tupac was much
more than a hip hop
artist... He was a black
man guided by his pas-
sions," Singleton wrote.
The Boyz n the Hood director has been replaced
by Carl Franklin.
Shakur was one of the most popular hip hop artists
of all time, selling millions of records around the
world. He also appeared in several films, including
Poetic Justice directed by Singleton. He died in Sep-
tember 1996 in Las Vegas after being shot four times
by an unidentified assailant.
Singleton said he now planned to make his own
rival film about Shakur.
"The reason I am not making this picture is because
the people involved aren t really respectful of the
legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur," Singleton said.
"To Pac s real fans just know I am still planning
a movie on Tupac. It doesn t matter what they do
mines (sic.) will be better...Of most importance was
his love of black people and culture...Something the
people involved in this movie know nothing about."
Shooting is expected to begin in August or Sep-
tember, according to Greg Mielcarz, a spokesman for
producers Morgan Creek.
Singleton pulls out of Shakur biopic
Day 2 brings back
Spiner will reprise his role as Dr Brackish Okun for Independence Day 2.
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