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.

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  • The new film will focus on the next generation of heroes, including the stepson of Will Smith’s character in the original film.

  • In June 2013, director Roland Emmerich said Will Smith won’t be in the sequel. “Will Smith cannot come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name,” Emmerich told the New York Daily News. “It would be too much. We have maybe half of the people that you would know from the first film, and the other half people who are new.”

  • Jessie Usher, the lead of Starz’s series Survivor’s Remorse, will play a central character in the new film, and also the son of Will Smith’s character (Captain Steven Hiller) in the original film.