In 2016, exactly 20 years after the first film became one of the biggest box office movies in history, we’ll finally get to see the highly anticipated sequel Independence Day: Resurgence.
This week we have the first trailer for the movie that gives us a preview of what to expect for round two in the battle between planet Earth and the Evil Alien forces that will try once again to conquer our world.
The official plot for the sequel is the following:
“Twenty years after the events of the first film, the international community recovers and builds up Earth’s defenses using technology salvaged from remains of the alien forces. However, the aliens were able to send a distress signal before their final defeat, which results in a new task force of alien ships coming to Earth and threatening the human race once more.”
The film stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman,Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox and Brent Spiner, reprising their original roles, along with newcomers Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher,Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Joey King, Angelababy and William Fichtner.
“I spent 20 years trying to get us ready for this,” says Jeff Goldblum’s character in the new trailer. “We used their technology to strengthen our planet. But it won’t be enough.”
Watching the trailer one big question comes to mind, where is Will Smith’s character Captain Steven Hiller? Well it turns out that according to director Roland Emmerich, Smith was “too expensive” for producers to afford, as Emmerich told the New York Daily News in summer 2013.
The answer to the fate of the character appears in the fictional “commemorative” historic web site “War of 1996”, that states that a few alien refugees have taken sanctuary in Congo. Defense stations have been set up on the moon, and Captain Steve Hiller (Will Smith) has been killed during a military exercise testing an aircraft using alien technology.
“Hiller’s valor in the War of ’96 made him a beloved global icon whose selfless assault against the alien mothership led directly to the enemy’s defeat,” reads the website. “He is survived by his wife Jasmine and son Dylan.”
In real life, Will Smith decided to film the DC comics superhero movie the Suicide Squad instead.
The website for the movie also has lots of information about the history since the first alien attack and it also serves as a memorial to those who bravely fought the aliens in 1996, going through the chronology of important events that happened after that battle.
In the trailer we get to hear President Whitmore’s (Bill Pullman) epic speech from the first film playing over it, while we see images of the new characters and the new alien invasion.
“We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist. And should we win the day, the fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice: ‘We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on. We’re going to survive. Today we celebrate … our Independence Day!”
This time around without Captain Hiller, scientist David Levinson (Goldblum) is teaming up with hotshot pilot Jake Morrison played by Liam Hemsworth (Hunger Games franchise) to help stop the invaders.
But the alien technology boost that was recovered after the first invasion will be no match for the aliens’ latest attack on the planet, which is even more massive in scope than the original.
“That is definitely bigger than the last one,” Levinson tells Morrison as they watch an alien spaceship overshadow Earth in the trailer.
Well have to wait for next year to see humans fight against aliens one more time, with the new film being scheduled for a June 24, 2016 release.
Hopefully the sequels holds to the standard of the first film.