After a very, very long time in development, the planned sequel to Independence Day is creeping towards production, and as proof they really intend to go ahead this time, The Wrap reports that Liam Hemsworth has been offered a major role in the movie.
The previously rumoured Michael B. Jordan is also still in the mix (while there’s been no confirmation, the speculation is that he’ll play the son of Will Smith’s character from the first film). Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are due to return for the film, which will shoot this year for release June 24, 2016.
There are no details on the plot, but it’s safe to say mankind will once more be threatened by aliens intent on humanity’s destruction. Emmerich has previously said, “The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back. And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years….It’s a changed world. It’s like parallel history. [Humans] have harnessed all this alien technology. We don’t know how to duplicate it because it’s organically-grown technology, but we know how to take an antigravity device and put it in a human airplane.”