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This story contains spoilers for Independence Day: Resurgence
The recently unveiled Independence Day: Resurgence debut trailer seems to have gone down really rather well so far. And whilst the band is mostly back together as far as the cast is concerned, Will Smith has opted not to return, causing a rather intriguing storyline adjustment.
You can find out more after we've cunningly deployed Daphne The Spoiler Squirrel...
An official viral site promoting Independence Day: Resurgence called War of 1996 contains a rather potent tidbit regarding the fate of Smith’s memorable main character from the original Independence Day. Smith, of course, played Captain Steven Hiller in the first film. Yet it seems that, after a well-deserved promotion to Colonel, the man who essentially saved Earth met his end years later in a sadly anti-climactic way, »
Independence Day 2 Gets new Title, Set Images, Plot Details, and Logo. Independence Day 2 (2016) will now be called Independence Day: Resurgence. Set pictures have also been released featuring vehicles that will be seen and utilized in the film. The Independence Day: Resurgence. Via a recent live chat with cast and crew, new plot details have also been revealed for ID4 2.
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On Liam Hemsworth’s character (former fighter pilot) from the live chat:
He eventually joined the military and ended up in the best of the best of the best of the fighter pilots. »
- Rollo Tomasi
There was no real surprise when Independence Day 2 was announced. With the original 1996 movie having seen huge box office success, discussions about a possible sequel have rumbled on for years. Its twentieth anniversary year seems fitting, then, to finally revisit the story of a world uniting (behind America, obviously) against an extra-terrestrial threat. The surprises of the sequel lay in the casting announcements, however.
Independence Day featured an impressive ensemble cast – in the vein of the great disaster movies of a bygone era, such as The Towering Inferno or The Poseidon Adventure. Despite this, the plot really centred on two main characters – David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) and Captain Steve Hiller (Will Smith). Ultimately, Levinson would couple his own technical expertise with the piloting talents of Hiller to save the world from annihilation by a hostile alien threat. The makers of Independence Day 2 quickly confirmed that, while Jeff Goldblum would be »
- Sarah Myles
Just one day after we reported that Independence Day star Vivica A. Fox will return for Independence Day 2, Boardwalk Empire actor Travis Tope is in negotiations to join the cast. The actor will play a character named Charlie, although no further details were given. Independence Day star Will Smith is not returning, although Bill Pullman (Thomas Whitmore) and Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson) are reprising their roles from the original, alongside Vivica A. Fox.
The new cast members coming on board for the sequel include Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher and Charlotte Gainsbourg. When Jessie Usher was originally cast, it was revealed that he is playing the son of Will Smith's Stephen Hiller. However, The Wrap reports that he is actually playing Jasmine Dubrow's son Dylan, originally played by Ross Bagley in Independence Day. In the original movie, Hiller was dating Dubrow, but he was not the father of Dylan. »
Charlotte Gainsbourg, who most recently starred in director Lars von Trier's controversial Nymphomaniac Volume I and Nymphomaniac Volume II, is in negotiations to join the cast of 20th Century Fox's sci-fi action sequel Independence Day 2. No details were given for her character, but if a deal is finalized, she will join Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum, who reprises his David Levinson role from 1996's Independence Day. While Will Smith is not returning as Air Force pilot Stephen Hiller for the follow-up, it is believed that Bill Pullman will be back as Thomas Whitmore.
We reported earlier this month that Jessie Usher is playing the son of Will Smith's Stephen Hiller, but in the original Independence Day, it was never revealed that Hiller had a son. His girlfriend, Jasmine Dubrow (Vivica A. Fox) did have a young son named Dylan (Ross Bagley), but Hiller was not the father. »
Welcome to another horror/sci-fi round-up! This time around we have word of two big cast confirmations for Independence Day 2, details on Scream Factory's Deep in the Darkness Blu-ray / DVD release, and information on the new Blanc/Biehn Productions film, Treachery.
Independence Day 2: Last night it was revealed that the first official cast member had signed on to star in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2, the sequel to his 1996 film that featured massive alien-induced destruction and larger-than-life characters. It's now been confirmed that one of those characters will be coming back, as Emmerich tweeted last night that Jeff Goldblum will appear in the sequel, likely reprising his role as the brainy and dryly humorous David Levinson, who teamed up with fighter pilot Captain Steven Hiller to take down the mothership in the original film. Smith will not be coming back to reprise his role as Steven. »
- Derek Anderson
We don't quite know what Independence Day 2 will be about, but we do know Roland Emmerich is returning to direct and the film is set to hit theaters on June 24, 2016, almost exactly 20 years after the original made Will Smith a star and a little over one year after Focus told us that star status is fading. However, as for the film's plot, we are just now getting our first taste as we'll begin with THR's report that Jessie Usher ("Survivor's Remorse", When the Game Stands Tall) has been cast as a central character in the new film as the son of Smith's character from the original. There were reports there were two scripts for the film floating around, one if Smith decided to return as Captain Steven Hiller and another if he didn't. I can only now assume the only difference was whether or not it would be Smith's »
- Brad Brevet
When Independence Day exploded onto the big screen in 1996, it became a box office smash hit. Its effective mix of science fiction, ground-breaking special effects, and disaster movie themes turned it into the quintessential summer blockbuster, and paved the way for director Roland Emmerich to wage cinematic war on countless iconic landmarks in subsequent movies, such as Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012 and White House Down. Surprisingly, a sequel has been slow to develop – but the wait is almost over now, as finally, almost two decades later, Independence Day 2 is on its way – with Jessie Usher now cast.
Plot details are, of course, tightly under wraps, but we can surmise from the casting that a high level of continuity can be expected. Jeff Goldblum will apparently reprise his role as codebreaker and day saviour, David Levinson, and Jessie Usher is set to play the son of Will Smith’s Independence Day character, »
- Sarah Myles
Their massive bulks blocked out the sun and spread panic like a disease in the streets below. The sheer size of their ships made them seem like gods. The destroyer spacecrafts in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day carried more than just aliens, they also held an overwhelming sense of dread that was unleashed when they slowly erased the blue sky above, and we could see them return with an even more intimidating presence when Independence Day 2 hits theaters next summer. Though rumors on who will star in the sequel have been swirling around for a while, the first concrete casting news has now come in, as the lead actor has been revealed for Independence Day 2, with the cast member playing a role with close ties to the original film.
- Derek Anderson
Director Roland Emmerich revealed on his personal Facebook page today that Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum and Jessie Usher have signed on for roles in Independence Day 2. Naturally, Jeff Goldblum will be reprising his role as David Levinson from the original 1996 blockbuster Independence Day, but the filmmaker would not say who the other actors are playing. However, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Jessie Usher will play the son of Will Smith's Captain Stephen Hiller from the original movie in a central role.
It's worth noting that, in the original Independence Day, Stephen Hiller's girlfriend Jasmine Dubrow (Vivica A. Fox) had a young son named Dylan (Ross Bagley), although Stephen was not the father. It's possible that Jessie Usher may be playing Dylan, 20 years later, since it wasn't known if Hiller had children or not. As for Liam Hemsworth, the actor was rumored to be up for the lead role back in January, »
10 items from 2015
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