We knew the sequel to 1996’s summer hit Independence Day was coming our way next year, but who would have guessed it would look like the sequel to Aliens? Or Close Encounters of the Third Kind? Director Roland Emmerich is back again, with a new, younger cast and some of the original players including Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch and Brent Spiner. Leverage and The Librarians producer/writer/director Dean Devlin was the writer on the original, but did not return for the sequel. Maybe that accounts for the difference in tone?
But something is not quite the same. Sequels usually carry off more than the next sequence of events from a story. Independence Day is known for the humor of Will Smith and Randy Quaid as much as for the fact that it was an alien invasion flick. We see no sign of that humor in this first trailer released this weekend for Independence Day: Resurgence.
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Look for Independence Day: Resurgence in theaters June 24, 2016.