Viral Site for 'ID: Resurgence' Reveals Will Smith's Character's Fate
by Alex Billington
December 14, 2015
The world mourns Col. Hiller. While we all know they couldn't get Will Smith back for the Independence Day sequel, do they have explanation for him in the fictional movie world? The answer is most definitely: yes. Hidden in the very first epic trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence is a link to a brand new viral URL and ARG website called War of 1996 (referring to the original alien invasion and real of ID4 in 1996). Thanks to tips from ComingSoon and SlashFilm, in the timeline of events on the website it actually includes info and details on the unfortunate death of Will Smith's character, Captain Steven Hiller. This isn't really so much of a spoiler as it as a teaser to dive deeper into this website and learn more of the backstory.
In the original movie, Will Smith played Captain Steven Hiller, a Marine Corps fighter pilot who helped defeat the aliens on Independence Day. His death occurred on April 27th, 2007 in the fictional history, and the image there shows an explosion. The tragic description reads: "While test piloting the ESD's first alien hybrid fighter, an unknown malfunction causes the untimely death of Col. Hiller. Hiller's valor in the War of 96 made him a beloved global icon whose selfless assault against the alien mothership lead directly to the enemy's defeat. He is survived by his wife Jasmine and son Dylan." Both Jasmine (Vivica A. Fox) and Dylan (Jessie Usher) are in ID: Resurgence, so there's still something to his story in this next movie. Click to visit:
The website includes a great amount of backstory and details about what happened after the events in 1996. In 1998, the world came together to form "Earth Space Defense" (ESD), designed to prepare us for the return of the aliens or any other threat. Jeff Goldblum's character David Levinson is listed as director of the program, and it's a key part of the next movie. Another very interesting detail is shown in the trailer - in 2001 it's discovered that a "large group of aliens continue to hold out in remote part of the Congo" (via Twitter). That explains what's going on in the beginning. It's great to see Fox revealing this in-world history a good six months before release, allowing fans to dive deeper into this universe. It's built around nostalgia.
Independence Day 2 is being once again directed by Roland Emmerich. As for returning cast members – Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner and recently confirmed Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch will all be back as their characters from the first film. William Fichtner and Maika Monroe are new additions. The sequel is supposed to take place 20 years after the events of the first film, which will be real time, almost to the day, from when the original was released. Emmerich is directing again with a script that he co-wrote with Dean Devlin and James Vanderbilt. 20th Century Fox currently has Independence Day: Resurgence scheduled to land in theaters June 24th, 2016 next year. See the first trailer here. Visit: Warof1996.com.