‘Independence Day’ Gets a Title, Character Descriptions, and Key Art
During a livestream Q&A session on June 22, the title for the upcoming Independence Day sequel was revealed. In addition, the key cast was present to discuss their roles in the film.
From the livestream, we know that the movie, Independence Day Resurgence, will take place 20 years after the previous film, following the fallout from the alien invasion. Borders are no longer relevant, and the entire world is working together. In anticipation of another invasion, the earth has melded alien technology with its own to build the best defense possible.
The information offered was decidely spoiler-lite, but some of the most special treats shared were the character descriptions supplied by the actors themselves:
David Levinson (played by Jeff Glodblum): Now the director of Earth Space Defense.
President Lanford (played by Sela Ward): She’s tougher, more decisive, more aggressive and not afraid to use force in comparison to Bull Pullman’s President Whitmore.
Dylan Hiller (played by Jessie Usher): The step-son of Will Smith’s Captain Steven Hiller (aka the world’s savior) has been shaped, seemingly in a positive way, by his father’s legacy.
Jake Morrison (played by Liam Hemsworth): A “the best-of-the-best fighter pilot” that lost his parents in the first attack and grew up in an orphanage. After putting someone’s life in danger, he is demoted to driving a “Moon Tug,” described as a forklift on the Moon.
Patricia Whitmore (played by Maika Monroe): She’s a secret service agent/fighter pilot that works with President Lanford.
Rain (played by Angelababy): She’s a tough Chinese fighter pilot that lost her parents in the first invasion.
Jasmine Hiller (played by Vivica A. Fox): She has moved on from stripping to become a hospital administrator.
Dr. Brakish Okun (played by Brent Spiner): The manic scientist notoriously (thought) killed in the first film, Okun is back for the sequel and will be just as manic and excitable as he was in the original film. He has a new, longer wig for secret reasons.
Julius Levinson (played by Judd Hirsch): This time around, he is consumed with getting to his son David, and surviving his attempt to find him.
The movie hits theaters June 24, 2016.
View the livestream in its entirety below:
Logline: 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.
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