Two decades after the first alien mothership invaded Earth with the intention of destroying the planet, 20th Century Fox will uncover a new threat in Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to the 1996 box-office hit. The studio elected the master of disaster Roland Emmerich to direct the follow-up, which could potentially be turned into a trilogy, pending the success of the reboot with audiences and critics alike.
The original Independence Day earned a staggering $811 million worldwide, making it the second-highest grossing movie at the time, and still remains a firm fan-favourite with many moviegoers today. One of the big debates circling the sequel is whether it will be able to duplicate its predecessor’s success; reassuringly the first Resurgence trailer received a strong and mostly positive response. That said, 20th Century Fox are keen to not have their sci-fi spectacular lost amidst Batman and Superman’s recent fisticuffs, and so, the studio unleashed a brand new TV spot (see above) during The Walking Dead’s season finale.
In the years since humanity last united to resist an alien invasion, mankind has adapted their advanced extraterrestrial tech, knowing that the alien threat would return once again. The Resurgence TV spot is here to let us know that they’re back – that’s the aliens and a suitably deadpan Jeff Goldblum. In addition to some familiar looking terror-driven scenes, there are a number of familiar faces, not least of which includes a first-look at the return of Brent Spiner’s Dr. Brakish Okun, who appears to have survived his impaling and accrued the ability to decipher the thoughts of alien captives, helping us to better understand how the extraterrestrial race communicates. Meanwhile, Bill Pullman’s former President Thomas Whitmore gets up close and personal while interfacing with the aliens. In one clip he utters the spine-tingling words: “She has arrived,” presumably referencing the species' Queen.
The official synopsis provides some further insight into what the next installment has in store for us:
“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.”
While original cast members Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox and Brent Spiner have all returned to reprise their roles, Will Smith’s character has been written out of the sequel. This development has since been addressed via a viral marketing campaign that revealed Smith’s Steven Hiller had been killed during a test flight gone awry, though his posthumous legacy will likely feature in the follow-up, since his wife Jasmine Dubrow-Hiller (Vivica A. Fox) and stepson Dylan (Jessie Usher) survive him.
Emmerich has attempted to establish a "next generation" of heroes, casting new stars Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Joey King, Sela Ward, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Angelababy, Patrick St. Esprit and William Fichtner, who are all set to be caught up in the chaos of cinematic mass-destruction. At the same time as the blended cast of originals and newcomers face a new alien threat, Independence Day: Resurgence might present itself as a threat at the modern day box office. If executed correctly, this movie could potentially mark the return of the traditional summer blockbuster, though it’s not short on competition - with a scheduled release a week after Finding Dory and a week before such films as The Legend of Tarzan and The BFG.
Independence Day: Resurgence will open in theaters everywhere on June 24, 2016.
Source: 20th Century Fox