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'Independence Day 2': Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch Returning

Bill Pullman
<p>Pullman will play the president of the United States for the second time in his career in NBC&#39;s comedy pilot <em>1600 Penn</em>, a single-camera project centering on a dysfunctional family that just happens to live at the most famous address in America. Jenna Elfman and Josh Gad co-star.</p>
Director Roland Emmerich announced the news on Twitter.

Bill Pullman's President Whitmore lives on. 

Pullman is reprising his Independence Day role for the upcoming sequel, alongside Judd Hirsch, who played Julius Levinson, father to Jeff Goldblum's computer genius character David in the original. Roland Emmerich, who is returning to direct, announced the castings on Twitter Friday.

Independence Day 2 is slated for June 24, 2016, just under 20 years after the original film hit theaters July 3, 1996. Goldblum is also returning to star alongside series newcomers Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher, who will play the son of the cocky fighter pilot played by Will Smith in the original. 

Pullman's president Whitmore has remained popular in the years since the film hit theaters, with his speech on the eve of the film's final act among its most quoted moments.

The first Independence Day grossed more than $800 million worldwide. Dean Devlin, Emmerich and Harald Kloser are producing the sequel. James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright wrote the most recent draft.

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