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‘Independence Day 2′ Picks Up 15 Years Later; Vivica A. Fox Offers New Character Details

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The 2015 Summer Blockbuster Season may have only just begun, but it’s never too soon to start looking ahead. That said, the cinematic forecast for summer 2016 looks as explosive as ever and promises little change to the norm – with a 100% chance of superheroes, robots, and fresh installments in popular action/adventure franchises.

One of those sequels is 20th Century Fox’s long-gestating Independence Day 2, sans Will Smith. Director Roland Emmerich is back, along with a mix of returning actors, new players, and the same hellbent aliens (they recently renewed their contracts). Aside from casting announcements and the unusually ahead-of-schedule production start, little has been revealed in the way of story details – leaving many wanting more details about the followup.

Franchise veteran Vivica A. Fox – who played Smith’s girlfriend-turned wife Jasmine Dubrow in the original Independence Day – offered insight on the sequel’s timeline during an mLive interview, where she said that “The aliens are back, and it’s about 15 years later.” We’re guessing the aliens aren’t too pleased with the remodeled White House, either (with Sela Ward (Gone Girl) now serving as president in the Oval Office).

This doesn’ exactly tell us that much about the Independence Day 2 plot, but fans can most likely expect a return to form – with a group of unlikely, outgunned humans who take a valiant stand against the advanced alien race – plus a few new tricks (i.e. better digital effects). Now that Smith is out of the picture, Independence Day 2 will follow two new young leads: Liam Hemsworth as an unspecified human survivor and Jessie Usher as the grown-up version of Dylan (played by Ross Bagley in the 1996 film), Vivica Fox’s onscreen son.

Fox told Blackfilm that Usher “has all the wonderful qualities that will remind [audiences] of Will”. Fox also dished on her own character and where she will be – or will not be – when the sequel begins.

I will not be on the poll. She was a stripper with a heart of gold, and who had said that she was doing it because the money was good. Now she’s a hospital administrator and she’s running the hospital, and I’m glad that they moved her character forward as a woman.

Considering the inevitable physical harm the aliens will bring upon humanity, Fox’s updated role as a hospital administrator could place her at the center of the attack – and provide the actress with a meaningful arc not directly tied to either her husband or son. Indeed, with big-budget spectacles, it is often the characters themselves who get lost among the smoke and soot; so giving Fox – and the other new leads – a strong, complex role to work with may only enhance the film’s appeal.

That said, the sequel certainly has a lot to live up to after the box office 🤬 of its predecessor, which grossed $817 million worldwide in 1996. With new characters, stronger returning players, and a more in-depth alien mythology, the second installment has the potential to avoid simply retreading the past. Plus… the aliens will probably be trying extra hard to actually win this time.

Independence Day 2 is set to invade theaters on June 24th, 2016.


  • nujerz84
    nujerz84 NJMembers Posts: 15,418 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • bscoop
    bscoop Members Posts: 478 ✭✭✭
    Ahhh.....no fresh Prince.....not even a cameo...... :-q
  • KingFreeman
    KingFreeman Way UpMembers Posts: 13,731 ✭✭✭✭✭
    This gonna be some straight to Netflix 🤬 b.
  • Idiopathic Joker
    Idiopathic Joker PISTOL GRIP PUMP IN MY LAP AT ALL TIMES Working On My LowriderMembers, Moderators Posts: 45,691 Regulator
    KINGEC Members Posts: 7,833 ✭✭✭✭✭
    nujerz84 wrote: »
    smh pass


    Ay who this bruh?
  • nujerz84
    nujerz84 NJMembers Posts: 15,418 ✭✭✭✭✭
    KINGEC wrote: »
    nujerz84 wrote: »
    smh pass


    Ay who this bruh?

    Mehgan James
  • Vader_F_Kennedy
    Vader_F_Kennedy Behind MissKMembers Posts: 17,715 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Vivica looking kinda terrible in the face now days ..anyway I'll reserve judgment ..
  • Beta
    Beta #FastFamily Members Posts: 65,596 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Female president?



  • dalyricalbandit
    dalyricalbandit Co-Owner Of AllhipHop.com, Super Moderator, Administrator, Moderator Members, Moderators Posts: 67,918 Regulator
    get this 🤬 all the way outta here
  • Ranxx
    Ranxx I Can't feel DeyaMembers Posts: 1,643 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2015
    Why the gotta 🤬 with a classic like this Big Will saved the whole 🤬 world what else you want?

    Booo this man booooooooo
  • 1CK1S
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    “Independence Day 2” producer Dean Devlin shared the first photo of cast member Jeff Goldblum on the set of the Twentieth Century Fox sequel to the 1996 blockbuster about aliens invading the planet, and humanity rallying to fight back.

    “Hanging with David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) 20 years later is a dream come true! #IndependenceDay,” Devlin captioned the Instagram photo with the actor.

    Goldblum is reprising his role as computer genius David Levinson, who fans may remember for being responsible for saving the world alongside Will Smith. Sadly, Smith will not be back for more action, but Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, and Judd Hirsch will be.

    See photos: 21 Movie Sequels That Took Forever to Hit the Big Screen

    New cast members include Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Jessie Usher, Travis Tope, Joey King, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lance Lim, Mckenna Grace, and Sela Ward as the President.

    Devlin wrote the first draft of the film with director Roland Emmerich, who also directed the first film. James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright wrote the most recent draft. James Vanderbilt also had a hand in writing the movie, which Emmerich and Devlin are producing with Harald Kloser.
  • BangEm_Bart
    BangEm_Bart Members Posts: 9,503 ✭✭✭✭✭
    This gotta be a prank lol. Who's really gonna spend money on the washed up actors without its main star in a sequel alien flick?
  • King Lee
    King Lee The Danger ZoneMembers, Writer Posts: 1,474 ✭✭✭✭
    lmao their really making a sequel, first one was dope with a hint of cheesiness cant imagine this one being any good.
  • Beta
    Beta #FastFamily Members Posts: 65,596 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Will Smith crashing with the parachute, punching the alien, dragging him through the desert and saying, "AND WHAT THE HELL IS THAT SMELL?!"

    Is the only reason why I watch the first
  • Splackavelli
    Splackavelli I'll getchu bitch!!! Somewhere drunk off my ass.Members Posts: 18,806 ✭✭✭✭✭
    If vivica sint on that pole then i aint too much checking for it. Iwould like to see jeff goldbleum at least have a cameo in jurassic world