Star Trek alum Brent Spiner is coming back for Independence Day 2, somehow

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Apr 10, 2015, 11:38 AM EDT (Updated)

The cast list for Roland Emmerich’s long-awaited Independence Day sequel just got a little bigger, and it includes a name that should be familiar to sci-fi fans.

The director has revealed that Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation) will be coming back for the sequel, following his memorable role as quirky scientist Dr. Brackish Okun in the 1996 original. As anyone who has seen the original film is likely aware, Spiner’s return raises a ton of potential questions about the sequel ... you know, since he seemingly died at the hands of an alien in the first film.

However they manage to bring Spiner back, we’re psyched to hear he’ll be sticking around. Perhaps they’re aiming for a flashback (though the decades between films makes that a long shot), or maybe we’ll learn that Dr. Okun didn’t really die as we’d thought, because of ... reasons? Or, hey, you can always go the twin-brother route. Regardless, more Brent Spiner makes everything better.

The sci-fi veteran will be joined by new addition Joey King, a 15-year-old actress best known for roles in The Conjuring, White House Down and Oz the Great and Powerful. The rest of the cast includes Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vivica A. Fox and Travis Tope. Original star Bill Pullman, aka President Whitmore, is also rumored to be in talks.

Are you glad to see Spiner will be coming back for the sequel? How do you think they’ll make it work in the narrative? 

(Via Roland Emmerich)