Come July of next year, Fox will release the sequel to the epic alien action movie Independence Day almost twenty years to the day. The film will be helmed by Roland Emmerich and other then some casting news a while back, everything on that front has been pretty quiet, until Monday night.
20th Century Fox held a live stream event Monday night that focused on the long-awaited sequel with its cast and crew, and luckily for us, they brought much more than just a Q&A. Now only did they reveal the official title, but they gave us some juicy details and great behind-the-scene images, see it all below!
First off, Emmerich unveiled the official title through a snazzy little graphic, which you can see below. The official titled is… Independence Day: Resurgence. Even though it’s been two decades since we last saw the alien extinction level event, I dig the title. I don’t remember the last time I saw resurgence in a title and it does make sense for the specific story setting. Although it’s all about the final product and titles don’t really matter, but it (and everything below) feels like a good start.
Those who joined in on the event were Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Sela Ward, Brent Spiner and Judd Hirsch alongside director Roland Emmerich. During the live stream, the cast and crew were asked many questions and revealed some great details on the sequel.
Thanks to THR for all of the following information. Starting with an excerpt from THR from director Roland Emmerich: “According to Emmerich, the sequel will take place 20 years after the alien attack that Will Smith’s and Goldblum’s characters fought off in the first film. In the ensuing time, the human race has joined forces to organize a global defense system using alien technology to preempt future invasions.”
Emmerich continued to say: “We call it in the film the War of ’96. It’s like a post-World generation that’s unified, and that’s amazing to see a world come together with a common enemy. That’s a resurgence.”
Jeff Goldblum let it be known how his character, scientist David Levinson, factors in: “It’s my job to lead the way in making sure everyone is safe on this precious planet. Having faced that last challenge, we’re all working in a beautiful way under one [goal]. Borders are no longer relevant in the same way, and that’s a very beautiful idea. We’re working together.”
Liam Hemsworth, one of the newcomers (and lead) to the franchise, shared his characters backstory, whose name is Jake and who drives the fork-lift like vehicle (the Moon Tug from the images below) for the lunar outpost of the new initiative: “It’s kind of unlucky how he ends up in that ship. Jake lost his parents in the first attack, he grew up in an orphanage, and eventually joined the military and became a fighter pilot, and eventually became one of the best of the best fighter pilots. I think his ego kind of got in the way, he made a bad decision and put someone’s life at risk, and he got the great job of driving this moon tug, which is basically a forklift on the moon.”
Sela Ward (another new addition) had this to say about playing the President of the United States in the sequel and how she differs from Bill Pullman’s President Thomas Whitemore:
“You know who we have to thank for that? Our fabulous director, forward-thinking, non-sexist, awesome, socially responsible Roland Emmerich.”
“Entirely different. It’s a totally different political landscape. She’s tougher, more decisive, not afraid to use force, more aggressive. Sorry, Bill.”
Pullman responded with: “Can you fly a jet?”
Maika Monroe, who has really been making name for herself on the indie circuit, joins the franchise as Pullman’s daughter and had this to say: “I work with Sela at the White House and have to live up to my dad. He was huge and I want to make him proud and I’m also a fighter pilot. I’m kind of a badass, I think.”
Jessie Usher joins as the son of Will Smith’s fan-favorite fighter pilot character form the original: “He grew up in the world that his dad saved, so you can only imagine what being the son of the world’s savior is kind of like. It’s a lot of pressure, he’s under that shadow, but it’s not a negative thing at all. He took it for what it was and made a good thing out of it.”
His mother is played by Vivica A. Fox, Smith’s girlfriend in the first one, she talked about where her character is at now and having Usher play her son:
“Twenty years later she’s moved on and she’s working in the hospital, she’s a hospital administrator. She’s doing good things in the hospital, saving lives and raising a very responsible young man, played by Jesse Usher, who I met on Twitter!”
“I don’t know if I’m going to have any great hair moments in the tunnel again, but they’ve definitely written her very strong and with great moments, and more importantly, to be the backbone behind her son.”
And finally, Brent Spiner, whose character seemed to die in the original, said his character “will be just as manic and excitable as he was in the first film.” And when asked if he was actually alive, he sidestepped the question.
Among all the great stuff from above, we also got our first official look at some of the set of the follow-up. More specifically, the Moon Tug vehicle Hemsworth mentions and what looks like a New Initiative fighter jet that’s updated with some of the Alien tech left over from the “War of ’96.”
With all the mentioning of the world coming together to defend Earth following the invasion twenty years ago, it’ll be interesting to see how the political side of it all plays out with the whole “no borders” thing. Has Earth become truly a peaceful planet or is something other than another alien attack coming? There’s definitely a ton to take in from everything above, and by far the most interesting aspect is how humanity has taken the alien tech for their own technological advances. It should make for some pretty epic moments on screen and I’m looking forward to seeing it.
Here’s the official synopsis from 20th Century Fox:
We always knew they were coming back. After ‘Independence Day’ redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
What do you think readers? Do you like what you see on Resurgence? Are you looking forward to the long-awaited sequel?
Independence Day: Resurgence hits theaters June 24th, 2016. Directed by Roland Emmerich starring Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Sela Ward, Vivica A. Fox, William Fichtner, Brent Spiner, and Judd Hirsch.