In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): “Independence Day 2” and more

From Top Left: Roland Emmerich, Bill Pullman. Bottom left: Jeff Goldblum, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlotte Gainsbourg


In case you didn’t know by now, the 1996 box office winner “Independence Day” is getting not one but two sequels with Roland Emmerich directing the films once again. The film will have some returning actors but no Will Smith, at least for now.

Here is what we know so far about who will be returning and who else will be in it, the story, and some nuggets of history about the alien apocalypse film.

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So it is official that former president Thomas J. Whitmore, played by Bill Pullman, will be back in “Independence Day 2″ or its tentative title ” ID Forever Part I.” Also in “ID Forever Part  I” will be Jeff Goldblum, and Vivica A. Fox – who played Smith’s wife – is back as Jasmine Dubrow.

The Dubrow couple had a son named Dylan Dubrow, the child in this upcoming sequel is all grown up. The group of people joining the cast are Jessie Usher playing the aforementioned adult Dylan Dubrow; Liam Hemsworth from “The Hunger Games” is also in the cast, along with Charlotte Gainsbourg from “Nymphomaniac” and “Melancholia”; and Travis Tope from “Little Accidents” and “Boardwalk Empire” rounding out the cast.

Emmerich will be breaking barriers in his new sequel. The openly gay director – and filmmaker of his upcoming movie “Stonewall” – will be featuring a gay couple in the perhaps explosion heavy alien end-of-the-world movie.

What is “ID Forever Part I” about you ask? The film will take place 20 years after the aliens attacked the Earth. Alien invaders return after receiving a distress call from the first wave attack by the extraterrestrials. It will also feature wormholes,  wormhole and alien technology, and some more alien spaceships.

At the moment the 20th Century Fox film is scheduled for a summer release in June 2016.

Now that the “Independence Day” fans are ready for the upcoming sequel, here are six tidbits of information that occurred before, during and after the 1996 release of the apocalyptic film.

Firstly, “Independence Day” was a trend setter for the Super Bowl commercials. 20th Century Fox paid $1.3 million for a trailer to be shown during Super Bowl XXX’s commercial break. As a result of this success, it started a trend for big budget films to do the same.

Secondly, “Independence Day” has won many awards including an Oscar. In 1997 it won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and it won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition written for a film. It also won at least 25 more awards and received 21 nominations.

Thirdly, the film was as fast paced as it was written and filmed. The script was reportedly drafted and scribed in four weeks. And it was filmed in 72 days.

Fourthly, there was much more to the alien suits. The aliens were 8 feet tall and had 25 tentacles.

Fifthly, Will Smith could have worked with his future wife Jada Pinkett. In 1995, the pair was dating and they did not marry until 1997. Jada Pinkett was offered the role of Jasmine Dubrow, but she turned it down due to her busy schedule. The role went to Fox.

And finally, as fast as the film was made in 72 days, it was made for less. The budget of the production was $75 million, but the film went on to make over $800 billion worldwide.

“Today We Celebrate Our Independence Day.”

(Locale, Screenrant, The Hollywood Reporter, Bloody Disgusting.)