The long delayed sequel to 1996 alien invasion blockbuster Independence Day now has an official title as announced during a 30 minute live streamed press conference with the cast and director Roland Emmerich. It’s Independece Day: Resurgence. Explaining what that ominous title means here’s the official synopsis:
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.
Director Roland Emmerich explained that the near apocalyptic events of the first film has created a “post-world-war” generation who are globally united against a common threat.
The new film features almost the entire cast of the original seeing Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsh, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spinner and Bill Pullman reprise their roles alongside a new generation of starts that includes Liam Hemsworth and Maika Monrow.
Liam Hemsworth is playing a new character Jake Morrison who became a fighter pilot after losing his parents in the 1996 attack. During the press conference the Hunger Games star explained a bit more about where we find Jake at the start of the film.
He eventually joined the military and ended up in the best of the best of the best of the fighter pilots. And he made a bad mistake, a bad decision, and put someone’s life at risk, and got the great job of driving this Moon Tug, which is basically a forklift on the Moon. Where he gets to move around different pieces on the Moon. Which is not really an exciting job for a fighter pilot like himself. He’s a pretty energetic guy, he likes to do exciting things. That’s not exciting.
Maika Monrow is playing President Whitmore’s now grown up daughter Patricia. She has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a fighter pilot and is also working in some capacity for the current president. Sela Ward who plays the new President Lanford, elaborated a bit on how the world has changed since the first invasion:
[She’s] Entirely different [from Bill Pullman’s President Whitmore]. It’s a totally different political landscape. She’s tougher, more decisive, not afraid to use force, she’s more aggressive. She’s a very different animal because it’s a very different time. We’ve been preparing for twenty years for the inevitability of an invasion. We don’t know by whom or when. So there’s a very different climate in terms of the tenor of the movie. Especially for the president.
Things have also changed a lot for former stripper Jasmine (Vivica A. Fox) who is more respectably employed as a hospital administrator. Her son Dylan (played by Jessie Usher) has grown up in the shadow of world saving surrogate father figure Capt Steven Hiller (Will Smith), trying to emulate him.
Will Smith is obviously the only major cast member to survive the initial invasion who won’t feature in the sequel, despite initially appearing to be enthusiastic about rebooting the franchise that launched his big screen career. It was initially planned for the father son dynamic of Dylan and Capt Hiller to be a central theme in the sequel, but that won’t be the case now Smith has dropped out.
Explaining Will Smith’s apparent change of heart about starring in the sequel Director Roland Emmerich basically blamed the disastrous experience of After Earth.
In the very beginning, I wanted to work with him and he was excited to be in it but then after a while he was tired of sequels, and he did another science fiction film, which was his father-son story, so he opted out.
At least Smith’s cigar buddy Jeff Goldblum is back as computer genius David Levinson, who is now in charge of Earth Space Defense, the global organisation protecting the planet.
The planet isn’t just being protected by Goldblum’s trademark awkward fast talking. Following victory in the first film, mankind has combined salvaged alien technology with our existing weaponry. The result is new ships like the Moon Tug that Liam Hemsworth drives and advanced fighter jets armed with better shields and alien engines/weaponary. Pictures below:
Independence Day Resurgence is set for release in June 2016 and filming is already well under way, Till then check out the official press conference below:
Sherlock, True Detective and Marvellous were among the winners at the BAFTA Television Awards ceremony in London last night. In a night of varied winners there were a few surprises with Benedict Cumberbatch being yet again denied a best actor BAFTA. Jason Watkins and Georgina Campbell took home the top acting prizes for leading actor and actress. Full List of winners below for all categories:
LEADING ACTOR Jason Watkins The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies
LEADING ACTRESS Georgina Campbell Murdered by My Boyfriend
ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
SCRIPTED COMEDY Detectorists Production Team
SINGLE DRAMA Marvellous
REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL The Island With Bear Grylls
FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAM Jessica Hynes W1A
RADIO TIMES AUDIENCE AWARD Sherlock
SPECIALIST FACTUAL Grayson Perry: Who Are You?
MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAM Matt Berry Toast of London
DRAMA SERIES Happy Valley
SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA Coronation Street
SUPPORTING ACTRESS Gemma Jones Marvellous
COMEDY AND COMEDY ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM The Graham Norton Show
SUPPORTING ACTOR Stephen Rea The Honourable Woman
CURRENT AFFAIRS Children on the Frontline (Dispatches) Production Team
SPORT & LIVE EVENT WW1 Remembered
SINGLE DOCUMENTARY The Paedophile Hunter
FEATURES Grand Designs Production Team
NEWS COVERAGE SKY News Live at Five: Ebola
INTERNATIONAL True Detective
FACTUAL SERIES Life and Death Row
MINI-SERIES The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies
ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway