‘Independence Day 2’ Casts ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ Star Jessie Usher

Updated 5:57 PM EST, Thu March 5, 2015

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Jeff Goldblum set to reprise his role in "Independence Day 2"

Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher also cast in key roles

Sequel will be released 20 years after the original box office smash about an alien invasion

(CNN) —  

Jessie Usher, the lead of Starz’s series “Survivor’s Remorse,” has been cast in Fox’s sequel “Independence Day 2.” Liam Hemsworth has also been cast in a lead role and Jeff Goldblum will reprise his role as David Levinson from the original.

It has been nearly 20 years since the Will Smith-starring sci-fi film hit theaters, grossing more than $800 million worldwide at the box office. Director Roland Emmerich will return to helm the film.

“Independence Day 2” is set for release on June 24, 2016 — almost exactly 20 years from when the first film hit theaters on July 3, 1996. Dean Devlin, Emmerich and Harald Kloser are producing.

Independence Day 2 is a big get for Usher, who will play a central character in the new film as the son of Smith’s character. Smith’s role in the first blockbuster helped establish him as a star, kicking his career up to the next level.

Usher stars in the Lebron James-produced Starz TV series “Survivor’s Remorse” as Cam Calloway, a basketball player who moves with his family to Atlanta after he signs a pro contract. The first season premiered Oct. 4, 2014, and Starz quickly renewed the show for a second season, which will air later this year.

The rising star’s film credits includes TriStar football drama When the Game Stands Tall, which hit theaters in August. On the TV side, he previously starred in the Cartoon Network’s series Level Up. He’s repped by Paradigm and Williams Unlimited.