Some exciting news for Fans of Brent Spiner aka ‘Data’ From Star Trek The Next Generation. He has been cast to reprise his role of Dr Brackish Okun or some amalgamation thereof in Independance Day 2. Get the full skinny on this below, and share your thoughts AFTER THE JUMP!
The last time we saw Brent Spiner’s Dr. Brackish Okun, his body was being forcibly used as a psychic transmitter to convey the malicious intentions of the invading aliens in Roland Emmerich’s bombastic, semi-masterpiece Independence Day. And then his weak, human husk was thrown across the room and he died. But now, some new Independence Day 2 casting supposes that … maybe he didn’t?
Emmerich took to Twitter to reveal that Spiner’s alien autopsy-ing mad scientist apparently didn’t shuffle off this mortal coil in the previous film, since he’ll officially be back in part two. He also revealed that the young actress Joey King, who he directed in (the so great, and damn you for not seeing it) White House Down, has joined the ensemble.
King’s casting is a pleasant but not-too-surprising reveal. She has not only worked with Emmerich before, she has the habit of popping up in blockbusters on the regular, contributing her talents to everything from The Conjuring to Oz: The Great and Powerful. She was even in the first season of FX’s sublime Fargo series. She’s the goods. Hopefully, Independence Day 2 will give her more to do than scream and run from aliens and explosions.
Spiner, on the other hand, is an unexpected and delightful surprise. Although best known for playing the android Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Spiner is a wonderful character actor and a hilarious Twitter presence. He’s worked steadily for the past decade, and it’s going to be fun to see him let loose in a huge movie once more. But how did he survive being manhandled by an alien? We hope the movie goes into needlessly deep detail.
Independence Day 2 is slated for June 24, 2016.