The aliens aren’t the only ones returning. Original Independence Day director Roland Emmerich is back in the chair for the sequel, which is set 20 years after the first movie took place. And he managed to bring most of his Independence Day cast back for the second chapter. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are the towering leads. Judd Hirsch will bring comic relief, while Vivica A. Fox and Brent Spiner are a backbone of support. But you’ll notice that Will Smith isn’t back this time. Instead, he has been replaced by blasts of new blood in the form of Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe and the great Sela Ward.
The trailer, shared via Uproxx, puts a lot of emphasis on Jeff Goldblum's original character, David, who acknowledges that the our government used the alien technology acquired from the first movie to increase our defense systems and weaponry. But then he drops the ominous analysis that, after 20 years, it won't be enough.
The special effects in the new Independence Day: Resurgence trailer looks insanely good, a huge improvement over the previous movie... though they were good, for their time. The aliens are coming back with a much larger force this time, and the new trailer suggests a few of the ways that Roland Emmerich will look to increase the scope of this sequel. For example, we'll see Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum ON THE MOON!
"It's definitely bigger than the last one." Great last line by Goldblum, with the perfect delivery by the ever-dry comedian.
Independence Day: Resurgence storms into theaters on June 24, 2016. What did you think of the trailer?