will smith *Whoa, this is big news! Will Smith will not return for the “Independence Day” sequel that 20th Century Fox  will release in 2016, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

The outlet said a representative for Smith did not immediately respond to their request  for comment.

Fortunately, alternative planning was in place:

Director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin have been gearing up to  start casting the sequel, for which screenwriter James Vanderbilt penned two  distinctly different drafts. One featured Smith’s character as the protagonist,  while Plan B focuses on other characters.

Emmerich has been meeting with Hollywood’s hottest young actors  including “Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan, who is high on the  studio’s list. Fox execs have thrown Jordan’s name around in several  creative meetings — and Jordan is interested in taking on the lead in a  blockbuster sci-fi franchise, depending on where it might fit into his  increasingly busy schedule. michael b. jordanWow, Michael B. Jordan and Will Smith in the same blockbuster?! That would have been interesting on several levels.  You can get the rest of the story at TheWrap.