The aliens will be scarier and the special effects grander.
Twentieth Century Fox unveiled the official title of the Independence Day sequel yesterday. Independence Day: Resurgence finds the world once again warding off an alien invasion, but this time, we’re prepared.
Back in 1996, Independence Day was a blockbuster summer hit for 20th Century Fox. As Captains Steven Hiller (Will Smith), David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), and President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) used every tactic possible to foil the unknown invaders, the film grossed over $800 million, took home the 1997 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and launched Smith’s big screen career.
Now, 20 years after one attempted invasion, humanity must band together again. And judging from the first on-set photos, we’re bringing out the big guns. Check out these pics of returning director, Roland Emmerich, showing off some of the ships on the set of the movie.
Though the sequel isn’t set to hit theaters until the summer of 2016, Emmerich and some members of the cast — including new lead Liam Hemsworth and returning star Jeff Goldblum — sat down for an on-set Q&A yesterday in light of the responding fanfare.
“It’s a different world,” explained Emmerich during the talk. “We filmed the world war of ’96. So it’s like a post-world war generation.”
Although Smith will not be one of the returning cast members from the ’96 original, Q&A listeners did get to hear from the sequel’s new dreamboat male protagonist, Liam Hemsworth.
Hemsworth will play Jake Morrison, a fighter pilot who lost his parents to the first attack. The actor detailed the background of his character for the audience during the livestream.
“He eventually joined the military and ended up in the best of the best of the best of the fighter pilots,” said Hemsworth about his character. “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…He’s a pretty energetic guy, he likes to do exciting things. That’s not exciting.”
Well, get excited Liam, because we are! Be on the lookout for more developments and behind the scenes pics as Independence Day: Resurgence starts filming soon.
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