With some of the key pieces of casting in place, Roland Emmerich’s long gestating Independence Day 2 seems to be rolling along, it only took almost 20 years. Survivor’s Remorse star Jessie Usher recently joined the film to play the stepson of Will Smith’s Steven Hiller from the first film, and Liam Hemsworth, whose name has been mentioned in regards to the film, also climbed on board along with returning star Jeff Goldblum. We’re now hearing some plot details, as well as what we can expect to call this bad boy and potential news about the future of the franchise.
Most of this report from Bloody Disgusting is information we’ve heard before, though scattered and some of it popped up so long ago we had forgotten about it (or forced it from our collective memory). First up, the film will reportedly go by the title ID Forever, which is not the greatest title in the world. This is one piece that we hoped they were going to leave in the past, but apparently that is not the case.
As far as the plot goes, the story picks up 20 years after the events of the first movie. In that time, reinforcements for the initial wave of invaders, the ones who blew up the White House, have arrived, responding to a distress call from the advance scouts, to launch a new offensive against Earth. More than anything, we’re interested to see what, if any measures the human race has taken to prepare for such an occurrence (they really better have done something). Maybe they contracted Apple to create a new line of designer, alien-busting computer viruses.
This set up leads to a great many questions, which, hopefully, will be answered in the movie itself. I still hold out hope that Hemsworth’s character winds up being the secret bastard love child of Harry Connick Jr.’s Captain Jimmy Walker from the first movie, or maybe Goldblum’s David Levinson had a kid eventually. I guess he could also be the spawn of Bill Pullman’s President Thomas J. Whitmore.
We’ve also heard that ID Forever (that seriously sounds like a kind of dog food) is the first part of a series of new films in this universe, which, according to this report, is still the case. Originally there was talk of filming two sequels back to back, but that chatter has fallen by the wayside. A one at a time approach makes more sense as it allows them to test the waters to make sure there is still interest in Independence Day as a franchise.
Independence Day 2, or ID Forever, is scheduled to arrive June 24, 2016, almost exactly two decades after the first film.