First trailer for ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ released – watch

Liam Hemsworth joins Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum in the sequel to 1996's 'Independence Day'

The first trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence has been released.

Will Smith opted not to return for the sequel to 1996’s Independence Day, but 23-year-old rising star Jessie Usher, best known for his role in US basketball drama series Survivor’s Remorse, has been cast as Dylan Dubrow-Hiller, son of Smith’s character from the original, Captain Steve Hiller.

The sequel’s cast also includes Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sela Ward, William Fichtner and It Follows actress Maika Monroe. They join Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Vivica Fox, who are all reprising their roles from the original film.

Independence Day helmer Roland Emmerich returns to the director’s chair for the sequel, shooting from a script he co-wrote with Dean Devlin, who also co-scripted on the 1996 film, and Carter Blanchard.

The plot synopsis for the sequel 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.”

Independence Day: Resurgence is set for release in June 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.