‘Independence Day 2’ officially titled ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

Director Roland Emmerich and the main cast took place in a live stream Q&A this morning (June 23)

The sequel to Independence Day, set for release next summer, has been officially titled Independence Day: Resurgence.

Director Roland Emmerich revealed the film’s title during a live stream Q&A event from the film’s set earlier this morning (June 23), during which he was accompanied by returning cast members Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner, Vivica A. Fox and Judd Hirsch, as well as new recruits Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe and Sela Ward. A brief teaser for Independence Day: Resurgence has since been uploaded to YouTube – watch below.

Will Smith chose not to return for the sequel, but Jesse Usher is playing Dylan Dubrow-Hiller, the son of Smith’s character, Captain Steve Hiller. Discussing his character during the live stream Q&A event, Usher said: “He grew up in the world that his dad saved, so you can only imagine what being the son of the world’s saviour is kind of like. It’s a lot of pressure, he’s under that shadow, but it’s not a negative thing at all. He took it for what it was and made a good thing out of it.”

Liam Hemsworth is playing a fighter pilot called Jake who grew up in an orphanage; Maika Monroe appears as Patricia Whitmore, the daughter of Bill Pullman’s character (and former President) Thomas J. Whitmore, while Sela Ward portrays the current President, whom she described during the Q&A event as “tougher, more decisive, not afraid to use force, more aggressive”. Charlotte Gainsbourg has also been cast in a key role in Independence Day: Resurgence but did not take part in the Q&A event so exact details about her character, who is named Catherine, are unknown.

Meanwhile, an official plot synopsis for the film has also been released, which teases: “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 defence 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.”

Original Independence Day director Emmerich started shooting the sequel to his 1996 blockbuster in New Mexico last month (May). Dean Devlin, who co-penned the original’s screenplay with Emmerich, has also been involved in the writing process second time around.

20th Century Fox finally gave the long-awaited sequel a green light back in November. Independence Day 2 is set for release in June or July 2016 – just in time for the 20th anniversary of the original, which followed a last-ditch effort to thwart an alien invasion taking place on July 4; the day of America’s annual Independence Day holiday.