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I Am Legend 2 release date speculation, cast, plot, and news

It's time to return to New York. Here's everything you need to know about the I Am Legend 2 release date, cast list, plot, trailer, and more.

I Am Legend 2 release date: Will Smith as Dr Robert Neville in I am Legend

What is the I Am Legend 2 release date? Based on the excellent 1954 sci-fi/horror novel by Richard Matheson, Will Smith’s I Am Legend was one of the biggest films released in 2007, grossing $585 million at the worldwide box office.

Considering the success of I Am Legend, it’s strange, then, that one of the best horror movies— which saw Smith’s Dr. Robert Neville battling zombie-like vampires known as Darkseekers — never got a sequel…until now. So, ahead of Smith’s zombie-battling return, we’ve gathered everything you need to know about one of the most exciting new movies heading our way. We’ve left no infected stone unturned from the release date, cast, plot, and more.

What is the I Am Legend 2 release date?

I Am Legend 2 will likely debut after late 2025 as the movie’s currently in active development, though no official release date has been announced just yet.

I Am Legend 2 was announced in 2022. However, the early stages of development have been hampered because screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (responsible for the Star Trek series Strange New Worlds, as well as the first I Am Legend) was forced to stop working on the script due to the strikes.

But, with the 2023 Writers Strikes now having been resolved, the flick is racing ahead. In fact, in December 2023, fans found out that the first draft of the new script had already been sent over to Smith.

“We’re really close, the script just came in,” Smith said at the Red Sea International Film Festival (via Variety). “You have to be a real ‘I Am Legend’ buff to know this, but in the first, theatrical version, my character dies, but on the DVD, there was an alternate version of the ending where my character lived.”

With a script in hand and casting underway, that means we’ll be able to get back to you soon with a much firmer release date prediction for the sequel to one of Smith’s best movies.

I Am Legend 2 release date: Will Smith sitting next to a German Shepard in the 2007 movie I Am Legend

I Am Legend 2 cast speculation

Will Smith will be back to helm the I Am Legend 2 cast as the military scientist Robert Neville. Well, we couldn’t have an I Am Legend movie without the leading man himself, right? 

Aside from that, we’re pretty much in the dark, other than one name: Creed star Michael B. Jordan has also been cast in an undisclosed role. He lights up the screen in any role, so we can’t wait to see what he’s able to bring to this sequel.

And while it hasn’t been confirmed yet, we are hoping that another actor joining the I Am Legend 2 roster will be Alice Braga, reprising her role as Anna. In fact, the star has already expressed her excitement for a possible return to the franchise.

“I was super surprised and very curious,” Braga explained during an interview with Collider. “I was almost jumping on the phone and saying, ‘Can I please be in it? Can I please be in it? Can I please be in it?”

The expected I Am Legend 2 cast list:

  • Will Smith as Robert Neville
  • Michael B. Jordan as TBC
  • Alice Braga as Anna

More casting news should begin to be confirmed after the script is finalized, and we’ll be here to bring you all the latest updates.

I Am Legend 2 release date: Will Smith looking at an Infected in I Am Legend

What will I Am Legend 2 be about?

I Am Legend 2’s plot will take place decades after the events of the first movie but will retcon the 2007 film’s ending, which saw Robert sacrificing himself to kill the mutants, for the alternate ending of the I Am Legend book.

Admittedly, that’s very confusing. But let’s stick with it. The ‘new’ ending that will lead into I Am Legend 2 sees Robert realize that the monsters aren’t crazed killing machines. Instead, the infected are simply trying to save one of their own that Robert has been using as a test subject in his quest to find a cure.

In this ending, Robert realizes that the infected viewed him as the villain. To be fair, that’s a fascinating hook for a sequel (and a much better ending, anyway), and it means you should probably go and read the novel, too.

With I Am Legend 2 sticking closer to the source material, we know that the upcoming film may allow us a deeper look into all the different infected societies. The monsters in the 2007 movie were different from those in the original book.

Unlike the Darkseekers from the film, in Matheson’s book, vampires are almost indistinguishable from humans. We are curious to see if the new film sticks closer to the original monsters in its new outing as we get a deeper look into their society and how Robert is viewed by them as a whole.

I Am Legend 2 release date: Will Smith holding a gun in the middle of a field in I Am Legend

Is there an I Am Legend 2 trailer?

Sorry folks, there is no I Am Legend 2 trailer, and we don’t expect one to release until much closer to the eventual debut of the movie.

Additionally, since filming hasn’t begun, we don’t have any new footage to look forward to just yet. However, there’s plenty to keep us going until the first teaser.

I Am Legend has tons of exciting behind-the-scenes videos for fans to enjoy on YouTube that detail the making of the hit thriller movie. Below is one of our favorite clips, which shows how Manhattan was made to look like a wasteland for the 2007 movie.

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Where can I watch I Am Legend 2?

You’ll be able to watch I Am Legend 2 in theaters once it releases.

In the meantime, fans can now head to multiple streaming services to enjoy the first film in the vampire series I Am Legend from the comfort of their own homes. It’s currently available to stream on Max, and is available to rent on Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, and Google Play.

And that’s everything that you need to know about the I Am Legend 2 release date! While you wait for the sequel, see our picks for the best monster movies and best vampire movies, or see why we think Bram Stoker’s Dracula is an imperfectly perfect vampire movie. Or, swap over to something a little lighter and learn about the development of James Gunn’s Superman Legacy.