The 'Independence Day' Sequel Will Be Called 'Independence Day: Resurgence'

06/23/2015 03:06 pm ET | Updated Jun 24, 2015

Maybe "Independence Day 2: The Squeakquel" was taken?

The long-awaited sequel to 1996 blockbuster hit "Independence Day" will officially be called "Independence Day: Resurgence."

The news was announced during a 20th Century Fox livestream featuring director Roland Emmerich and cast members Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox and Liam Hemsworth, among others.

"Independence Day: Resurgence" will take place in present-day, 20 years after the events of the original film, as humanity prepares once again to battle an invading alien force.

"The world has advanced, time-wise, in exactly real-time," said Goldblum. Audiences can expect to find familiar characters taking on unfamiliar new roles. "For instance," Goldblum continued, "I am now the director, so-called, of this earth-space defense."

Though Goldblum, Fox, Bill Pullman and others will revisit their "Independence Day" characters, Will Smith will reportedly not return for the sequel.

The studio has also released the first photos of the Moon Tug, a spaceship that will appear in the film.


"Independence Day: Resurgence" is scheduled for release June 24, 2016.

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