Twenty years later and the aliens are returning for Independence Day… Resurgence.
The title was announced at a press conference in Albuquerque, where director Roland Emmerich was joined on stage by returning cast members Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner and Judd Hirsch, along with newcomers Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe and Sela Ward.
A direct sequel to the 1996 alien invasion movie, it’s believed that the movie will see the aliens returning to try to take earth again but this time they’ll find a planet that is ready, having using the recovered alien ships from the first movie to reverse engineer weapons capable of fighting back.
This seems to be supported by Emmerich’s tweets of the Moon Tug, a vehicle/walker piloted by Liam Hemsworth (see below): “We call it in the film the War of ’96,” said Emmerich, “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 resurgence.”
The movie is scheduled for June 24th, 2016, exactly 20 years after the first movie’s release. Aaaaaaaand we feel old. Again.
— Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) June 23, 2015
— Harald Kloser (@HaraldKloser) June 23, 2015
A look at the Earth Space Defense logo and a peek at the alien/jet hybrid craft. pic.twitter.com/do3vClYHt5
— JoBlo.com (@joblocom) June 23, 2015
Reveal teaser, em, revealed:
Will Smith’s character will respectfully be acknowledged in the sequel despite not coming back to do it…