First ”Independence Day: Resurgence” Trailer Released

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Almost twenty years ago, Will Smith defended Earth from an extraterrestrial attack and demolished the flying saucer that made short work of the White House. Now, they’re back with a vengeance in Emmerich’s new “Independence Day: Resurgence.” The first official trailer for the upcoming sequel to one of the highest-grossing movies of the 90’s has been released.

The film is reportedly taking place 20 years after the events of the first film. Humanity has recovered, scavenged and done all it could to rebuild society following the brutal extraterrestrial attack of ’96. Will it all be for naught now that the aliens are back and just as intent at eradicating the human race as they were two decades ago?

One of the things we definitely know is that Will Smith won’t be reprising his role in the new film while Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and Vivica A. Fox are part of the returning cast. They’ll be welcoming a couple of new actors, including Liam Hemsworth (previously known for his performance in “The Hunger Games”) as well as Joey King and William Fichtner.

The trailer launched alongside a website called The War of 1996, indulging in some awesome viral marketing. The website managed to cleverly fill in some of the blanks between ”Independence Day” and ”Resurgence” and succeeded in forging an entire “alternative history” from 1996 to the present, centered around several technological breakthroughs made by reverse-engineering the technology left behind by the aliens. It also reveals that David is now head of the Earth Space Defense Program and that alien survivors wound up fighting in the Congo. Moreover, it explains why Stephen Hiller isn’t coming back.

Hiller’s son, however, is still part of the anti-alien resistance, along with new U.S. president Sela Ward (daughter of ex-President Whitmore) and Hemsworth. The old and new heroes must unite and put their combined strengths together if they’re to successfully repel the alien threat a second time. “Independence Day: Resurgence” is scheduled to hit theaters in both the United Kingdom and the US on June 24th, 2016 while an Australian release date has not yet been announced.

Given that the original movie blew us away, we’re eager to see what the sequel has in store for us. With movies upping the bar of global destruction the last twenty years, it looks like ”Resurgence” will have to go one step further than that to have the same impact it had in 1996.

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