It may not be Will Smith punching an alien in the face, but the long-in-the-making sequel to independence Day Finally saw first light on Sunday via a premiere trailer during that day’s NFL action.
The spot from two minutes before Independence Day: Revival puts a pretty heavy emphasis on Jeff Goldblum’s return as environmentalist David Levinson, though former Deputy U.S. President Bill Pullman has a brief cameo — now sporting a bushy, white beard — to say, “They’re coming back.” Original film actors Vivica A. Fox and Judd Hirsch can also be seen in the trailer, while the sequel’s IMDB listing claims that Star Trek: TNG‘s Brett Spiner also returns.
As Ars learned in 2013, this sequel (whose acronym, if you’re wondering, is IDRnot ID4.2) was billed as only half the franchise’s returns; series director Roland Emmerich originally wanted the back-to-back films to be titled Independence Day forever Part I & II. With a new title and no official sign of a back-to-back filming schedule, there’s no telling if that ambitious plan will materialize – and it still sounds like the new movie won’t have any sign of Will Smith. The role of Smith’s character’s son in the new film has gone to 23-year-old actor Jessie Usher, while IDR‘s lead ass kicker appears to be Liam “I’m not Thor” Hemsworth.
While they wait until June 24, series buffs can get ready for the new movie by heading over to Warof1996.com now, where they can click around an alternate universe timeline explaining how humanity has exploited alien technology to create both military and consumer electronics . (Spoiler: Turns out your smartphone was inspired by aliens!)