Independence Day: Resurgence trailer: 5 things we learned

We have our first glimpse of Independence Day: Resurgence as the trailer for the 20-years-in-the-making sequel thundered into our stratosphere (YouTube, that is) last night.

Don’t act like you’re not just a little bit excited.

Opening with a convoy of UN cars heading out into dark, spooky wilderness with evidence of some kind of alien ritual, a female voiceover says: “We’ve found something out here.”

Watch the trailer below:

Here are 5 things we learned from the first trailer.

1. Jeff Goldblum is back


“Oh my God!” Jeff Goldblum’s David Levinson intones in classic blockbuster style, as he surveys the wreckage of a massive alien ship. “I spent 20 years trying to get us ready for this. We used their technology to strengthen our planet. But it won’t be enough.”

2. Liam Hemsworth is the budget new hero


The Hunger Games heartthrob plays Jake Morrison, who is seen working on a moon base and cosying up with President Whitmore’s daughter Patricia (Maika Monroe).

3. Which means Will Smith is out

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Yep, as many suspected, Will Smith is the only major player from the original film not to return. According to the film’s official viral site, Colonel Steven Hiller died “while test piloting the ESD’s first alien hybrid fighter”. So that saves the producers a chunk of money, then.

As director Roland Emmerich himself admitted: “Will Smith cannot come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name. It would be too much.”

4. Bill Pullman’s back though


The aforementioned President now sports a grey beard, but is still capable of saying-the-obvious-in-foreboding-tones. E.g. “They’re coming back”.

He also gives another one of those gung-ho 4th of July speeches, of course.

5. The action looks suitably epic

Then it’s the usual montage of action footage, that all looks eerily familiar: huge burning spaceships, Star Wars-style warfare, tear-strewn farewells and megatonnes of American patriotism.

Independence Day: Resurgence will open on June 24, 2016.