20th Century Fox revealed that “Independence Day: Resurgence” will be the title of the upcoming sequel to 1996’s “Independence Day”. Fox unveiled the new title during a live streamed Q&A on Monday with the cast and director.
The film is due for release June 24th 2016, almost exactly twenty years after the original. The movie is taking that into account with the action set twenty years after the original alien attack. In the ensuing time, humanity has joined forces to organize a global defense system using alien technology to preempt future invasions.
Explaining the title, director Roland Emmerich says: “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 says his returning character of scientist David Levinson is the director of the new initiative: “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.”
Sela Ward plays the president of the United States and asked how her character compared to Bill Pullman’s President Thomas Whitmore from the first film, she says: “Entirely different. It’s a totally different political landscape. She’s tougher, more decisive, not afraid to use force, more aggressive. Sorry, Bill.”
Liam Hemsworth is one of the newcomers, here he plays a character named Jake who works on 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.”
Jessie Usher and Maika Monroe play the son of Will Smith and the daughter of Bill Pullman’s characters respectively from the first film. Of their characters, Monroe says she works for Sela Ward’s President and is also a fighter pilot whilst both say their characters feel the pressure of growing up as the offspring of someone who saved the world.
Finally, Vivica A. Fox spoke about her returning character, saying: “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.”
The first two photos have been released, one of Emmerich on set and the other of the ‘moon tug’ vehicle which Liam Hemsworth’s character pilots.
Check out the official press conference below, jump to around the 1:00 hour mark which is where it begins: