‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ Trailer Welcomes Aliens Back to Earth


It’s been nearly 20 years since Will Smith face-punched a slimy alien invader, giving birth to one of the Internet’s most rampant, least accurate memes. In those subsequent decades, Hollywood has decided that no blockbuster is a success unless it spawns at least one blockbuster sequel, so, here: Independence Day: Resurgence.

The film stars newcomer Liam Hemsworth and Alien Invasion Day veterans Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, and Jeff Goldblum. Oh, and Charlotte Gainsbourg. (Will Smith, perhaps deciding he’s spent too much screen time killing aliens, will not be making an appearance.)

As far as any kind of discernible plot, Goldblum’s doctor has apparently devoted his post-incident life to utilizing alien tech to prepare for this moment. Of course, it’s no match for the invaders’ superior space magic, which has shifted from the cloud-based, sun-blocking form of the original and landed squarely in spider spaceship territory.

The trailer is typical blockbuster stuff, with Pullman’s Inspirational Speech from the first Day serving as mood-setter until — gasp — it cuts out. Will Pullman survive? Will Liam Hemsworth be able to pilot his own blockbuster to stellar success, or will he forever live in the sexy shadow of his older brother, Chris?

We’ll have to wait until June 24 to find out. For now, watch the (very dark) trailer below.