While no official cast members have been announced for Independence Day 2, which 20th Century Fox is releasing June 2016, director Roland Emmerich is teasing one heck of a surprise return. Yes, judging from his latest Tweet, Randy Quaid may be back as kamikaze pilot Russell Casse. But this seems improbably for a couple of different reasons.
Russell Casse is a fan favorite Independence Day character known for his surprise assault on the alien mothership. He blows the giant, deadly craft out of the sky by ramming his plane up inside of it, supposedly killing himself in the process. Does this Tweet indicate that Casse survived the attack against the invading extraterrestrial forces?
While its possibly that Casse either survived off screen, with that reveal to come in the sequel, or the aliens somehow brought him back to life, there is another reason to cast a huge shadow of doubt on Randy Quaid's return in Independence Day 2. Randy Quaid and his wife Evgenia have been embroiled in legal troubles that saw their passports revoked. The couple have been stuck in Canada since 2010, and Randy Quaid hasn't made a movie since the 2010 comedy Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach. It was believed that Randy Quaid was unable to secure work due to his issues with the law. But perhaps his role is being shot in Canada. That's entirely possible.
Or perhaps Roland Emmerich is just having a little bit of fun and trying to evoke some nostalgia for the original 1996 sci-fi classic Independence Day. While it has been reported that Will Smith will not return for the sequel, it sounds quite likely that Jeff Goldblum will return as David Levinson. And its even possible that Bill Pullman may return as President Thomas J. Whitmore, though none of that has been confirmed by the studio. Take a look at Roland Emmerich's tweet along with the said scene from the movie, which surely indicates that there was no way for Casse to survive: