"Independence Day 2" is officially a thing.

The sequel to the 1996 sci-fi blockbuster has been slated for release on July 3, 2015, as revealed today by 20th Century Fox. While none of the original cast - including Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman - is yet on board for the long-awaited follow-up, Roland Emmerich is returning as director/producer. The only other film slated for that July 4th weekend so far is Universal's animated "3D Untitled Illumination Entertainment 2015 Project."

"Independence Day" grossed over $800 million worldwide and was the No. 1 box-office hit of the year.

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