By Francisco Salazar ( | First Posted: Jul 04, 2013 06:44 PM EDT

(Photo : 20th Century Fox )

The release date for "Independence Day 2" has been revealed.

20th Century Fox announced that sequel to the 19-year old film will be released on July 3, 2015. The sequel has been in the works for years with all information kept under wraps.

Co-screenwriter Dean Devlin told the Hollywood Reporter last year, "We resisted doing the sequel for years because we still wanted to honor the first one. The first one gave us all careers and we really love that movie and loved the experience."  Devlin continued, "I feel like we got it. I think it took a long time, but I feel like we finally got something that really feels like, 'That's worth seeing as a sequel to 'Independence Day.'"

Bill Pullman will rejoin the cast and stated earlier this year, "I like what I have to do in both of them. I'm not in an old age home in a wheelchair being wheeled out for one more moment. It's a very interesting conception of what happens to [my character] between then and when it picks back up." However Will Smith has not committed to the film and has not spoken about it.

Roland Emmerich will return to direct the sequel as a follow up to his current film "White House Down" starring Channing Tatum and Jaime Foxx.

"Independence Day 2" joins a lineup of blockbusters in the  2015 summer that includes "Marvel's The Avengers 2," "Pirates of the Caribbean 5," "Jurassic Park 4," "Terminator 5" and "Star Wars: Episode VII."

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