Independence Day sequel: No Will Smith

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(CNN) – Will Smith will not be part of the upcoming “Independence Day” sequel.

Director Roland Emmerich says Smith is “too expensive” and too much of a “marquee name.”

The original movie in 1996 was Smith’s first major blockbuster film.

“Independence Day 2” will have stiff competition when it releases on July 3, 2015.

Other films due for release that summer include a new “Star Wars” movie from Disney, the second “Avengers” film and “Pirates of the Caribbean 5.”

Credit: CNN

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