The Independence Day sequel has officially been titled Resurgence. Now that we know the name, it makes sense to take a moment and reflect on everything else we know about the film. Even though it won’t be out for another year or so, it’s a great time to recap.
What Do We Know About Independence Day Resurgence?
Most of what we know concerns the characters, like who’s returning and who’s new. We know for sure that Will Smith won’t be back, but both his wife — played by Vivica Fox — and his son — played by a new actor — will appear.
We have been offered a small synopsis on the plot:
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.
Essentially, the aliens will return to wipe us out and we (humanity) will have no choice but to fight back, with the aid of previously recovered alien tech. Pretty intriguing idea!
Who’s Coming Back?
Those confirmed to reprise their roles include Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Jeff Goldblum, and Vivica A. Fox.
Will Smith’s character, Captain Steven Hiller will not be returning, however, his son — the “son of the savior” — will. This time Dylan will be all grown up and played by Jessie Usher. Dylan’s mother, played by Fox, is no longer a stripper and instead works at the local hospital as an administrator.
Bill Pullman will act as former U.S. president Thomas J. Whitmore and perhaps we’ll see him jump back into the cockpit to take the fight against the aliens. As for the POTUS, in Resurgence Sela Ward will be taking on the job as President Lanford.
Jeff Goldblum will be his wise-cracking self once again, now the head of Earth Space Defense, a multinational defense group that handles planetary defense, which is much needed after the previous attack. His father, played by Judd Hirsch will appear too.
Then there’s Patricia Whitmore, who was played by Mae Whitman in the first movie. The character will return for Resurgence, but this time Maika Monrow will take on the role. She apparently works for the new president, although the movie’s director Roland Emmerich has not offered any further details. He doesn’t want to “give it away” and ruin the experience.
The gangs pretty much all here, well except for Will Smith and Randy Quaid, and it’s no surprise since he really went off the deep end.
What are the Resurgence Characters Like?
A couple of the actors and actresses from the film described their characters in more detail, giving us some idea of how the movie might play out.
Sela Ward spoke about President Lanford:
[She’s] Entirely different [from Bill Pullman’s President Whitmore]. It’s a totally different political landscape. She’s tougher, more decisive, not afraid to use force, she’s more aggressive. She’s a very different animal because it’s a very different time. We’ve been preparing for twenty years for the inevitability of an invasion. We don’t know by whom or when. So there’s a very different climate in terms of the tenor of the movie. Especially for the president.
Liam Hemsworth will be joining the cast as Jake Morrison, a pilot who lost his parents during the first alien attack.
He eventually joined the military and ended up in the best of the best of the best of the fighter pilots. 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. Where he gets to move around different pieces on the Moon. Which is not really an exciting job for a fighter pilot like himself. He’s a pretty energetic guy, he likes to do exciting things. That’s not exciting.
It’s pretty clear at this point that we’ll have a robust group of characters to root for when those mean, green aliens return to wreak havoc on the planet.
What’s the Moon Tug?
During the live stream — and via Roland Emmerich’s Twitter — they unveiled the Moon Tug. It’s a spacecraft that scientists from Earth have created by reverse engineering alien technology recovered after the 1996 attack.
It was just one of the new pieces of tech on display during the live presentation. We also got a glimpse at a new fighter, which looks like a mesh between human and alien tech. Actually, it just looks like they bolted the wings from an alien ship onto a normal fighter jet. Take a look.
Are you excited for Independence Day Resurgence? What do you think of the title?