Jeff Goldblum Appears on Independence Day 2 Set, As Seen in Photo Shared by Sequel Producer—See the Pic!

Find out more details about the movie and who has been cast so far

By Corinne Heller May 27, 2015 4:37 PMTags
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Now that's what we call an awesome close encounter!

Jeff Goldblum reprises his role in the sequel to the hit 1996 movie Independence Day and this week, producer Dean Devlin, who also worked on the first film, shared the first photo of the 62-year-old actor on the set. The two appear in front of a blue screen and Goldblum sports a dark khaki jacket.

"Hanging with David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) 20 years later is a dream come true! #IndependenceDay," he said on Instagram on Tuesday.

The sequel began filming last week in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is set for release on June 26, 2016.

End of first day of shooting Independence Day Sequel with double rainbow. Good sign. #ID4-2

A photo posted by Dean Devlin (@officialdeandevlin) on

In the original movie, released almost 19 years ago, Goldblum's character is a computer genius who aims to save Earth following an alien invasion that kills millions of people...with the help of military pilot Captain Steven Hiller, played by Will Smith, and a computer virus.

Smith is not returning for the sequel.

Roland Emmerich is returning as the director and the movie features several returning cast members, as well as newcomers.

In addition to Goldblum, returning cast members include Vivica A. Fox, 50, who played Hiller's fiancé Jasmine, Star Trek: The Next Generation alum Brent Spiner, 66, who played a scientist who got a little too close to one of the squiggly alien baddies, and Bill Pullman, 61, who played the U.S. President. Judd Hirsch, 80, reprises his role as David's father.

Mae Whitman, 26, who played his daughter as a young girl in the original movie, will not star in the new filmMaika Monroe, 21, was cast as her now-adult character in the sequel.

Fellow newbies include Liam Hemsworth, 25, Charlotte Gainsbourg, 43, DeObia Oparei, who recently made his debut as Areo Hotah on Game of ThronesJessie A. Usher, 23, who plays Jasmine's now-adult son, Dylan, and Joey King, 15.

The actress last month tweeted a selfie of herself sitting next to Goldblum on a plane.

Devlin announced earlier this month that Sisters and House alum Sela Ward , 58, will play the President of the United States in the Independence Day sequel.

Say hello to your new commander-in-chief, Sela Ward! #IndependenceDay2

A photo posted by Dean Devlin (@officialdeandevlin) on

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