Will Smith has been ruled out of starring in the planned Independence Day sequel because he is "too expensive", according to director Roland Emmerich. The actor appeared alongside Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman in the 1996 alien invasion blockbuster, and film bosses are plotting a follow-up for 2015. However, moviemaker Emmerich has revealed Smith will not be reprising his role as Captain Steven Hiller because of financial issues. He tells the New York Daily News, "Will Smith cannot come back because he's too expensive, but he'd also be too much of a marquee name. It would be too much. "We have like maybe half of the people that you... would know from the first film (in the script) and the other half (are) people who are new."