Joey King, Brent Spiner Board 'Independence Day' Sequel

Director Roland Emmerich on Friday confirmed the latest talent hires on his Twitter account.

Joey King and Brent Spiner have boarded Fox's Independence Day 2, director Roland Emmerich announced.

"This just in... @JoeyKingActress and @BrentSpiner officially signed for #IndependenceDay - Welcome aboard!," Emmerich tweeted. King recently starred in Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here and was part of the cast of the first season of FX's Fargo TV series.

Spiner is best known for his role as the android Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, with recent credits including Ray Donovan and The Midnight Man. Jeff Goldblum and Vivica A. Fox are reprising their roles in Emmerich's sci-fi sequel.

Independence Day 2 is set for release on June 24, 2016 — almost exactly 20 years from when the first film hit theaters on July 3, 1996. Dean Devlin, who worked on the original film, Emmerich and Harald Kloser are producing. James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright wrote the most recent draft.

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