INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
Twenty years on, get ready for the rematch…
Two decades after aliens nuked the White House in Roland Emmerich’s blockbusting Independence Day, they’re preparing a second assault on planet Earth in Independence Day: Resurgence. Originally developed by Emmerich and co-writer Dean Devlin back in 2004, it’s taken the duo over a decade to kick the script into shape – but what they’ve come up with sounds huge.
“We’re ready with a bigger punch and bigger shields,” says Jeff Goldblum, returning as uber-boffin David Levinson, who’s now head of planet-protecting programme Earth Space Defense. “The technology we found from the downed alien ships has been married with ours,” he adds, so ESD has, possibly, even colonised the Moon.
Also different: Will Smith opted out of more ET-bashing, but his character’s son, Dylan, is back, played by newcomer Jessie Usher. “Dylan grew up in the world his dad saved,” says Usher, “so you can imagine what being the son of the world saviour is like.” With returnees Vivica A Fox, Bill Pullman and Brent Spiner joined by newbies Liam Hemsworth and Maika Monroe, bigger really is better where the cast’s concerned. “The scope of this film is much bigger than the last one,” confirms Hemsworth. Get ready to rumble... Josh Winning
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