June 25, 2013 4:09pm PT by Aaron Couch
Roland Emmerich: 'Independence Day' 2 to Feature Gay Character (Video)
More details are emerging about Roland Emmerich’s sequel to his 1996 blockbuster Independence Day.
In the latest tidbit to drop, the director and LGBT activist revealed the sequel will feature a gay character. Emmerich, who said he has been closely following developments in the Supreme Court concerning same-sex marriage, was asked if he would consider incorporating gay rights issues into his films.
"Actually in the next Independence Day there is a gay character," Emmerich told The Huffington Post.
Pressed for more details, the director played coy.
Would the White House be blown up, yet again? “I don’t know," Emmerich said.
Will Bill Pullman -- who played the courageous President Whitmore -- return?
Emmerich simply responded, “Yeah.”
Last week, 20th Century Fox announced that Independence Day 2 will open on July 3, 2015. None of the original cast has been officially announced as being on board, but Emmerich said last week that Will Smith will not return.
"Will Smith cannot come back because he's too expensive, but he'd also be too much of a marquee name," Emmerich told the New York Daily News. "We have maybe half of the people that you would know from the first film, and the other half people who are new," Emmerich added.
The director, who is openly gay, indicated in April that he would like to work on a smaller budget film about the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York. The landmark gay rights event saw police raid the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the East Village. The Stonewall’s clientele pushed back and the resulting three-day event sparked similar demonstrations in other major cities.
“It’s one of these civil rights moments, like Rosa Parks,” Emmerich told Empire magazine “And very little is known about it. Even gay people don’t know much about it.”
Emmerich’s next film, White House Down, hits theaters Friday.