#IDR: 'Independence Day 2' title revealed
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) The Fourth of July is a little over a week away, but sci-fi fans are already looking ahead to Independence Day 2016, when the much-anticipated sequel to "Independence Day" will be released.
On Monday, in a live stream with the cast and director, the official name of the film's second installment was revealed: "Independence Day Resurgence."
"It's a little bit of resurgence for us all," said director, writer and producer Roland Emmerich. "It's like a very different world. We call it, in the film, the War of '96. So, it's like a post-world war generation, which is, like, unified. And that's, like, amazing to see a world come together; we have a common enemy. And that's a resurgence."
Vivica A. Fox, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Bill Pullman and Brent Spiner will reprise their roles in the sequel, while Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Jessie Usher and Sela Ward are among the new cast members.
Goldblum, who stars as the tech-savvy scientist David Levinson, gave some background on the new movie: "The world has advanced, time wise, in exactly real time. So, when this comes out it's 2016, but the events of 1996 that we made up have happened, and so the world is different. I, for instance, am now, as you say, the director, so-called, of this Earth-space defense. So, it's my job to lead the way in making sure everybody's safe on this precious and beautiful planet and that all our lovely speciesincluding all the speciescan live well."
He continued, "Of course, now, having faced that last challenge, we're all working in a beautiful way, under not the best circumstances, across borders. Borders are no longer relevant in the same way, and that's a very beautiful idea in the brotherhood and sisterhood of mankind. We're working together."
It doesn't come as a surprise that in this digital age, technologyand, of course, alienslies in the film's core.
Goldblum offered perhaps a bit too much information on the subject: "The technology that we found from the downed ships has been appropriated and married with some of our technology, so we're ready with a bigger punch and some bigger shields but never mind, we can't say that. I can't say that. Delete that."
Hemsworth added, "I would say that the scope of this film is much bigger than the last one we have hybrid technology of human technology with the alien technology that we've acquired from the previous attack, and bigger everything, I'd say. Bigger is better."
Pullman, who played President Thomas Whitmore in the original film, admitted he still gets asked to recite "The Speech," one of the film's most iconic moments before the epic alien battle took place. Instead, he lets fans recite it to him.
Smith's character lives on through his son Dylan Hiller, played by Jessie Usher, who says "of course" Smith had an influence on the way he played the role.
"He grew up in the world that his dad saved," Usher said. "So, you can only imagine what being the son of the world's savior is like it's a lot of pressure; he's under that shadow."
"Independence Day Resurgence" hits theaters on June 24, 2016, nearly 20 years after the original was released July 3, 1996