Casting is still underway for Roland Emmerich‘s upcoming sequel Independence Day 2. The director made this announcement, “This just in… [Joey King] and [Brent Spiner] officially signed for #IndependenceDay – Welcome aboard!”

Spiner, a Star Trek: The Next Generation alum, played Dr. Brackish Okun, the chief scientist at the top-secret extra-terrestrial research facility located at Area 51 in the first Independence Day movie. In the film, he was apparently killed by one of the aliens, while his body was used as a mouthpiece to communicate with the humans.

Brent Spiner as Dr. Brackish Okun

Brent Spiner as Dr. Brackish Okun

So, what gives? He looked as lifeless and limp as a ragdoll. Spiner responded to fans who are naturally puzzled by his astonishing resurrection. He made this response, “Ummmm, is he?”

Joey King

Joey King

As far as King is concerned, she recently starred with Zach Braff in Wish I Was Here. She Tweeted out her excitement about her freshly cast role.

“So freaking excited to officially be part of #IndependenceDay2. Can’t wait to work with my favorite @rolandemmerich again. Gonna be a blast.”

Emmerich did give out some details about the film in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back. And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.”

Independence Day 2 will arrive in theaters on June 24, 2016. The film will star Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Bill Pullman, Jessie Usher, Travis Tope, Brent Spiner and Joey King. Carter Blanchard, James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright wrote the screenplay based on characters created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. Roland Emmerich directs.

Sources: eonline, IMDb

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