The official title and plot details of the “Independence Day” sequel have been revealed. The forthcoming film will be called “Independence Day Resurgence.” Director Roland Emmerich revealed details about the film at a news conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He said that it is an expansion of the original 1996 film and will see people unite to fight a common enemy.
He added that the enemy will come to Earth from a different planet. Two aircrafts will feature in the film: The first will be the Moon Tug, which will be set on the moon by military forces to defend Earth from a space invasion. The second will be a Human Hybrid Fighter Jet, which will be a hybrid version of what was seen in the first “Independence Day.”
Photos from film’s set, revealed online via Variety, give a glimpse of the Moon Tug. One photo appears to show a hexagonal glass unit and two giant arms. Another photo shows Emmerich standing near a spacecraft.
Cast members include Vivica A. Fox, Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Judd Hirsch, Sela Ward and Charlotte Gainsbourg. The film is slated to open June 24, 2016. Bill Pullman will reprise his role of President Thomas J. Whitmore, while Hemsworth will play a fighter pilot and Usher will play the son of Will Smith’s character, Capt. Steven Hiller. Smith will not reprise his role.
The official synopsis of the film is as follows: “ 'Independence Day' was just the beginning. We always knew they were coming back. After that film redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter in the 'Independence Day' universe 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."
Emmerich, Dean Devlin and Harald Kloser are the producers and Davis Arnold has supplied the music. Production of the movie continues.