The latest throwback movie to come out this summer was Independence Day: Resurgence, Ronald Emmerich’s sequel to his own 1996 alien invasion flick that set the trend for big, explosive blockbusters.
Taking place 20 years after the first movie, it regrouped just about all the main players. Jeff Goldblum reprised his role of David Levinson, Bill Pullman was back as (former) President Whitmore, and even Brent Spiner returned as Dr. Brackish Okun, despite apparently dying in the last film. Other familiar faces include Judd Hirsch, Vivaca A. Fox, John Storey and Robert Loggia.
The only major player who wasn’t involved was, of course, Will Smith, who elected not to return in favour of playing Deadshot in Suicide Squad. Given how much more successful that film proved to be (at the box office, at least), it’s safe to say he made the right choice.