Plus, more plot details about the followup to the 1996 original.
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Almost exactly a year to the day from the sci-fi epic’s June 2016 release date, Fox revealed the title of the sequel to 1996’s alien invasion blockbuster Independence Day. As detailed in a live stream from the movie’s New Mexico set, the new installment will be called Independence Day Resurgence.

Here’s the posted 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 the world back from extinction.”

They, of course, include ID4 original cast members Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Jeff Goldblum and Vivica A. Fox reprising their original alien-repelling roles.

New cast mate Sela Ward, playing President Lanford, described how the world has changed since the first Independence Day.

“We’ve been preparing for 20 years for the inevitability of an invasion,” Ward said. “We don’t know by whom or when. So there’s a very different climate interns of the tenor of the movie. Especially for the president.”

Another new character, played by Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth, is named Jake Morrison. He’s a rebellious military man who lost both parents in what the movie calls “the Battle of 1996.”

“He eventually joined the military and ended up in the best of the best of fighter pilots,” Hemsworth explained at the event. “And he made a bad mistake, a bad decision, and put someone’s life at risk, and got the great job of driving this Moon Tug, which is basically a forklift on the moon. Which is not really an exciting job for a fighter pilot like himself.”

See a brief teaser trailer for Resurgence above.

Released: July 3, 1996 Box office: $817.4 million The White House would never be safe again. — Darren Franich Read more about EW's Best Summer…

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