Independence day resurgence
That B-movie from back in the day is getting a follow-up…
Welcome to Earth. Again. Twenty years later the big flying saucers (with an unfortunate level of compatibility with Mac Powerbooks) are going to provide major shade over our cities once more. These are the reinforcements, answering the previous swarm’s distress signal.
Let’s nuke the bastards
Twenty years is a bit late for the cavalry to turn up, mind, and that’s given humanity the chance to prepare for the next wave of buggy xenomorphs. The Earth has pulled together to form the multinational Earth Space Defense, led by the war of the world’s gone-viral saviour David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum). Unfortunately for David, the aliens haven’t exactly been sitting on their intergalacticarsenal in the interim.
they’re aLso back
David Levinson’s dad (Judd Hirsch) is also returning to the fray for more nebbish commentary while Bill Pullman is back as ex-President Thomas Whitmore. Even Brett Spiner is back as the awesomely haired Dr Brackish Okun and he died in the last movie…
But one big name is not returning for round two. Will Smith’s cigar-chomping pilot Capt Steven Hiller has since heard the fat lady sing, leaving it to his son Dylan to do the fast-flying, fastertalking heroics. As played by Jessie Usher, Dylan’ll be getting a weepy reminder of his old man from Vivica A Fox’s returning ex-stripper Jasmine before heading out into battle.
So who are the other new faces? Liam Hemsworth will go from zero to hero as Jake Morrison, a disgraced pilot exiled off to operate heavy machinery on Earth Space Defense’s moon base. We’d put good money on the fact that this orphaned flying ace might just get the opportunity to redeem himself against the beasts that killed mum and dad the first time around.
rebuILdIng the whIte house
Also putting the past behind her is President Whitmore’s daughter, played by It Follows’ Maika Monroe, trying to shrug off her famous family as part of the Secret Service team for the new president (Sela Ward). This POTUS has a much more aggressive attitude to the bugs from above and is more than ready to bring the ruckus.
must go faster…
For people who can’t wait for the glorious wholesale destruction of international landmarks, there’s always Titan’s prequel comic book. The as-yetunnamed title – “a psychological prison drama” – will give an insight into how the shattered Earth rebuilt itself after the shenanigans of 1996.
when to expect It?
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