New Info + First Ships Revealed for 'Independence Day Resurgence'

June 23, 2015

Independence Day Resurgence

"We always knew they were coming back." Today we celebrate our independence! 20th Century Fox hosted a major event on the set of the new Independence Day movie filming in Albuquerque, New Mexico at this very moment. Not only did they invite half of the film press down to the event, complete with fireworks and a screening of the original movie, but they live-streamed a Q&A with the cast. One of the big announcements was the title and logo (seen above) - it's officially called Independence Day Resurgence, which is a very lengthy title. Resurgence simply means that there is going to be an angry retaliation from the aliens, they're definitely coming back and they're going to be pissed off. So what do we have to defend ourselves this time?

The set where the event took place in Albuquerque included two vehicles on display: a "human/alien hybrid fighter" that Maika Monroe pilots; and a "Moon Tug" which Liam Hemsworth pilots. As explained (via Twitter) about Hemsworth's character, "he made a big mistake, put people's lives in danger, and now drives a Moon Tug, which is basically a forklift." He lost his parents in the first attack and grew up to be a pilot before screwing up. No doubt he'll end up being the action hero of the movie. Judd Hirsch, who plays Jeff Goldblum's character's father, is also back. "I'd worry about him any day of the week, and he did the same thing. My arc in the move is to get to him." Interesting. You can rewatch the entire Q&A here. Logo reveal:

Independence Day Resurgence - Moon Tug

The cast includes Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vivica A. Fox, Jessie Usher, Sela Ward and Brent Spiner. While they did reveal plenty of fresh details about Resurgence, there are still many secrets. Not much was mentioned about the aliens, whether they're getting an upgrade or returning with bigger, better firepower. And we don't know how the plot will play out beyond multiple characters coming together again to fight off the return of the aliens that came in the first movie. Here's the plot synopsis sent out by 20th Century Fox as part of this Independence Day Resurgence event:

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.

A large group of press was invited to the set in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the event and unveiling. Many of them posted photos and tweets from the event, giving us a better view of the various vehicles/set pieces on display for Independence Day Resurgence. Additionally, answers from the cast Q&A were posted and interesting details came out about whether or not it's set on Independence Day again (the answer is: yes), who each of the new characters are (including Sela Ward as President Lanford, and Maika Monroe as a "badass" pilot), plus the return of Brent Spiner's Dr. Okun character. Here's a few tweets from the event:

Here are some photos found on social media from the event, directly from Roland Emmerich + other press:

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 2 scheduled to land in theaters on June 24th, 2016 next summer. Filming is now underway. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Where is the AntiVirus pod on that ship ?

Tester on Jun 23, 2015


Oh no i never talk to scientists haha. That is probably why Roland's movies are just so much fun.

Jon Odishaw on Jun 23, 2015


Indefendance Day To! Looking forward to it.

Armitall on Jun 23, 2015


All I want to know is will David Arnold be back? He's the real star of ID4

Bounty 4 Zuckuss on Jun 23, 2015


According to IMDB, he is! He was sorely missed by me in Skyfall, and I was so disappointing to learn he's not coming back for Spectre. I'm guessing his soundtrack for IDR will be great!

Gohikeone on Jun 23, 2015


Oh G-d...they are going full on sci-fi! Could be glorious...

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Shelly5259 on Jun 24, 2015


Hi! I'm forgettable actor Bill Pullman! -Family Guy

Adam on Jun 24, 2015

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