Newswire: Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch will return for Independence Day 2

Ensuring that Independence Day 2 will have the requisite number of dramatic speeches and old Jewish guys that any good Independence Day movie should have, director Roland Emmerich has confirmed that both Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch will be reprising their roles from the original movie in the new alien-fighting sequel. In the first one, Pullman played President Thomas J. Whitmore, one of the few politicians in American history who was authorized to shoot at aliens in a fighter jet while still in office. Hirsch played Julius Levinson, the father of Jeff Goldblum’s character. We don’t remember him doing anything especially important in the original beyond moral support, but it’ll be nice to have him back.

Pullman and Hirsch will be joining a handful of other people from the first movie, including Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, and Brent Spiner—but not Will Smith, as he’s …

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