Resurgence: The Independence Day Sequel That’s Not Going Away

Via Twentieth Century Fox
Via Twentieth Century Fox

So it’s really happening. A sequel to Independence Day. Sadly, I’m not excited for it. The original is a favorite of mine so, when news first broke about the follow-up, I found it totally unnecessary. Now, as more information comes to light, it’s possible it might not suck, but I’m still less than thrilled.

The Good:

Director Roland Emmerich is back, and he eagerly shared that the new flick isn’t ignoring the passage of time: Resurgence takes place twenty years after the original. The War of ’96 changed the landscape for humanity besides the obvious fight for survival. “The world is totally rebuilt… Imagine what we would do with alien technology and who would have it.” The nations of Earth have developed a defense program from recovered technology, which is put to the test when a new alien threat makes itself known.

A surprising number of original cast members are returning: Judd Hirsch, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, and Bill Pullman. New faces include Liam Hemsworth as Jake Morrison, Charlotte Gainsbourg as Dr. Catherine Marceaux, Jessie Usher as Dylan Dubrow-Hiller, and Sela Ward as President Lanford. WOO LADY PRESIDENT!

President Lanford is much more aggressive than former President Whitmore (whose actual role in this film we still don’t know). David Levinson is now the head of Earth Space Defense, while Whitmore’s daughter Patricia is now a special agent under the current president. In this Post-War generation, she and Dylan Dubrow struggle with the shadows cast by their famous fathers. Hemsworth’s Jake Morrison is one of many orphans (probably from the War of ’96) that grew up to be a fighter pilot. He’s stationed on the moonbase as part of an exile/punishment for a mistake in his past.

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L to R: Grace Huang with co-stars Monroe, Ward, Usher, Hemsworth, and director Roland Emmerich

The Bad:

There’s a big name you may have noticed missing from that list of returning cast members: Will Smith, whose film career was launched by the original. Apparently he was excited to return, especially upon learning there would be a “Father-son” story arc involving Steven and Dylan. But then After Earth bombed at the box office and Smith politely backed out.

Director Emmerich probably has a point that doing the movie with Will Smith would require him being the star, whereas part of the original’s success was its ensemble cast. At least this way they can retain that aspect of the film, but I’m still concerned. “We deal with the disappearance of Will Smith – I don’t want to give it away – but in a very kind of respectful manner and he’s still part of this universe,” Emmerich said. To me, that reads WE KILLED OFF HIS CHARACTER AND LIVING UP TO THAT LEGACY WILL  BE PART OF HIS STEP-SON’S STORY.

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Personally, I’m more tiffed about the fact that the character Patricia Whitmore will be played by Maika Monroe rather than original actress Mae Whitman. Why? Unlike Smith, who turned down the sequel, Whitman wasn’t even considered to reprise her role. And while Monroe is definitely talented and fresh-faced for a potentially leading role, Whitman has the bigger body of successful work. She would be the smarter choice. But since Patricia may be romantically involved with newbie Jake, it looks like they chose a more ‘conventionally attractive’ woman to share the screen with Hemsworth. That’s sexist as hell, and I’m not the only one up in arms about it.

While I’m at it, was Ross Bagley considered for reprising the role of Dylan? I think I’m the only one to even ask that question. And where’s Margaret Colin as Constance? Did she and David call it quits again? And how in the world is Dr. Okun still alive? Brent Spiner’s character was memorably killed and used as an alien’s speakerphone in the first flick.  Is this part of that alien tech they’ve been teasing?

However they choose to to structure this film, I won’t exactly be rushing to the theater to see it. Will you? Independence Day Resurgence is slated for release on June 24, 2016.

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3 thoughts on “Resurgence: The Independence Day Sequel That’s Not Going Away

  1. Can’t wait, loved the first one, but am dissappointed to hear Margaret Colon isn’t coming back. I couldn’t care less about Will Smith, but cool to see Viveca Fox back.

  2. If you paid attention that the Brent Spiner’s character Dr. Okun was wearing a hospital like gown in the trailer. which means he wasn’t actually killed though it might have seemed that way but he wasn’t, and I’ve recently re-watched the 1st independence day and I hear no neck snapping or anything of the sort or something like that, He probably slipped into a coma, and you are probably saying should comatose patients have their eyes and mouth closed or something of the sort? That’s not always the case, sometimes please can freeze into a comalike state like being frozen in fear without the ability to move or something like. I’m just saying that’s the new thing. And yes it would make better sense for the Dr. Okun character to have died in the first film considering that’s what it looked like but still people can be frozen into a comatose state by being frozen scared and this isn’t a metaphor. or they could’ve revived him or something, we’ll just have to wait for the movie, which is either being released on June 23, or June 24, 2016. and That is 25 to 26 days from now. just so you know so, mark your calendars and save your paychecks in order to afford the first showing the day it comes out.

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