Independence Day: Resurgence Viral Clip Offers A History Lesson On The War Of 1996


Twenty years ago, when the skies cleared and the governments of the world pulled together to rebuild those famous monuments from the ashes, humanity set aside civil conflicts in the face of a common – and frankly terrifying – enemy.

United by the rousing words of Bill Pullman’s President Whitmore, The War of 1996 left a profound mark on the history books, and in anticipation of this year’s long-in-development sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, a new viral clip documents that global conflict and its devastating fallout.

Spurred by the United Global Defense Unit, by the time IDR rolls around humanity is equipped with advanced weaponry made possible by the alien tech leftover from the failed invasion of ’96. But as the synopsis reads, “we always knew they were coming back.” Only this time, they’ve brought the intergalactic cavalry.

Leading the charge against mass extinction are Liam Hemsworth and Jessie Usher – the stepson of Will Smith’s cigar-chomping Steve Hiller – flanked by fellow newcomers Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Maika Monroe and Sela Ward. Balancing the new with the old, Jeff Goldblum returns to the fray as former MIT student David Levinson.

Independence Day: Resurgence casts a shadow over theatres across the globe on June 24.

We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.