Col. Hill is definitely not returning for the sequel. Will Smith, 47, just confirmed that he actually was filming ‘Suicide Squad’ when being approached for the ‘Independence Day’ sequel — and when the director told him his character’s fate, it was a ‘terrible’ day!
Independence Day: Resurgence is definitely not going to be the same without Col. Hiller. We all fell in love with Will Smith‘s character in the 1996 original, and when he was noticeably missing from the trailer, everyone freaked out and hoped we’d get a surprise cameo. But unfortunately, that is not the case.
“I was working on Suicide Squad during that time,” he told Yahoo about the filming of the sequel. “[Independence Day director] Roland [Emmerich] and I had talked about it. The trailer looks really cool. I’m going to be sitting around with tears in my eyes when that one comes out… It was terrible when I found out my character died.”
Not everyone knew of Hiller’s fate but the official website for the movie, War of 1996, revealed that he died in 2007 — the news spread across a fake newscast reading, “Alien Tech Malfunction Kills Col. Hiller.”
The site also features an obituary for the colonel. “While test piloting the ESD’s first alien hybrid fighter, an unknown malfunction causes the untimely death of Col. Hiller,” the obituary says. “Hiller’s valor in the War of ’96 made him a beloved global icon whose selfless assault against the alien mothership lead directly to the enemy’s defeat. He is survived by his wife Jasmine and his son Dylan.”
There is still a chance that Will could return for the next Bad Boys movie, but we have to say — this sequel won’t be the same without the original alien fighter! Are you heartbroken? Do you still want to see the new Independence Day? Let us know!