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Published On: Sat, Mar 21st, 2015

‘Independence Day 2’ adds Charlotte Gainsbourg, gay couple revealed

Science fiction fans will likely rejoice to hear that the production of Independence Day 2 is primed to start and director Roland Emmerich has added Charlotte Gainsbourg to the cast.

THR broke the news that Gainesbourg will star opposite Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher, which will drop “almost exactly 20 years from when the first film hit theaters on July 3, 1996.”

Additionally, Emmerich spoke about having a gay couple added to the story while at the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards where he received the 2015 Stephen F. Kolzak Award,

“We have a gay couple in the film. We don’t make a big deal out of it. You start small and then you get bigger and bigger and bigger, and one day you have a gay character as the lead and nobody will wonder at it no more. But we’re not there yet. It’s really interesting, you know, when you go to a studio and say it’s [the lead] character and it’s a $150 million or $160 million film — they will not allow it. But when you have five characters, they allow [one of them to be gay] because they’re super-smart, you know?”

“Gainsbourg has worked on several of Lars von Trier’s films including Antichrist, Melancholia and both Nymphomaniac films. Her other credits include The Science of Sleep and I’m Not There. She’ll next work on drama Oppenheimer Strategies opposite Dan Stevens, Richard Gere and Michael Sheen,” THR added.

Will Smith will not be back, but Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are set to reprise their roles. The film arrives in theaters on June 24, 2016.

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