20th Century Fox has released the first teaser trailer for the sci-fi sequel Independence Day: Resurgence. Director Roland Emmerich returns to helm the follow-up, which finds Earth having used recovered alien technology to collaborate on an immense defense program that is put to use when another alien invasion occurs 20 years after the events of the first film.
Watch the teaser trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence below. The film opens June 24, 2016, and stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, and Sela Ward.
What a strange combination of nostalgia and modernity. From the opening “bwam” it’s clear that Resurgence is an Independence Day for today’s audience, it’s cinematographically darker and looks a bit self-serious — hell, President Whitmore even has a sick beard. Even so, laid over that iconic speech, I can’t help but get a bit of the old butterflies in my stomach over it. Independence Day is one of my all time favorite 90s action flicks. I literally watch the movie on non-stop repeat every July 4th, which means there’s a lot of room to be disappointed here. And yet, even though I’m still butthurt that Will Smith didn’t return, even though this trailer demonstrates none of the humor that makes the original such a fun watch, I can’t help but get a little giddy about seeing Judd Hirsch staring into the sky with wonder in his eyes again. Hopefully the movie leans into the fun a little more than the trailer lets on, but consider me cautiously excited.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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.