Director Roland Emmerich has lifted the lid on a few choice plot details for the forthcoming Independence Day sequel during a special press conference. The newly titled Independence Day: Resurgence will see characters new and old unite to battle an advanced alien threat.

The currently shooting sequel has now released the first official synopsis, and this ti

“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.”

As we all know by now, Will Smith won’t be reprising his role of Captain Steven Hiller despite a valiant effort from Emmerich and co. When the sequel was first getting off the ground, two versions of the script were written, one with Smith and one without him. Emmerich firmly believes that despite Smith’s initial interest, the combination of After Earth and Men In Black 3 led to the actor opting out Independence Day 2.

“In the very beginning, I wanted to work with him and he was excited to be in it but then after a while he was tired of sequels, and he did another science fiction film, which was his father-son story, so he opted out.”

I can’t pretend that I’m not a little disappointed that Smith isn’t coming back, in an ideal world his nonparticipation would be a giant smokescreen, and he pops up to save the day. Men In Black 3 may have made lots of money, but it managed the rare feat of being a weaker sequel than its critically panned predecessor. As much as we would like to see Smith greet the second wave of space invaders, we just have to accept it simply isn’t happening 

Returning cast members Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner and Bill Pullman were all in attendance at the Q & A session. They were joined on stage by franchise newcomers Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward and Jessie Usher. Based on the comments from Hemsworth he will be assuming one of the roles of heroic fighter pilots.

Jake [his character] lost his parents in the first attack, he grew up in an orphanage, and eventually joined the military and became a fighter pilot, and eventually became one of the best of the best fighter pilots. I think his ego kind of got in the way, he made a bad decision and put someone’s life at risk, and he got the great job of driving this moon tug, which is basically a forklift on the moon."  

Jessie Usher will be portraying the now grown up son of Steven Hiller, presuming that some of his dad's famous piloting skills have been passed down. Failing that, he has had some form of professional training as I'm pretty sure they won't let just anybody fly one of those things. Based on Usher's comments, Dylan Hiller has made the most of having a globally known parent. 

"He grew up in the world that his dad saved, so you can only imagine what being the son of the world's savior is kind of like. It's a lot of pressure, he's under that shadow, but it's not a negative thing at all. He took it for what it was and made a good thing out of it."

Independence Day will be invading cinemas on June 25, 2016, just in time for the 20th anniversary of the original movie.