“Independence Day” comes early this year … but you don’t have to wait until the 4th of July, you just have to wait until this Friday. That’s when “Independence Day: Resurgence” hits theaters. A film 20 years in the making, and this story has been a year in the making. Last June, Chris spent some time with the cast on the set of the movie in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
It’s “Independence Day” all over again!
Vivica A. Fox: “We’re back!”
Chris Van Vliet: “You’re back! It only took 20 years.”
Vivica A. Fox: “It only took 20 years to reunite. How about that? Reunited and it feels so good! Uh! Little song for you.”
Most of the original cast is back, but you won’t see Will Smith. His character died in the time between the first movie and this one. But newcomer Jessie T. Usher plays Will’s kid we met in the first movie.
Jessie T. Usher: “A lot of my friends and everything were like, ‘Are you Will Smith or are you his son?’ I’m like, ‘No man, is this a time lapse?'”
Chris Van Vliet: “Will Smith’s your step-dad.”
Jessie T. Usher: “Yeah, exactly.”
Aliens have attacked the earth again, but the humans are more prepared this time. They’re fighting back with alien technology left behind from the first attack. Plus, they have Jeff Goldblum.
Jeff Goldblum: “We’ve come up with a lot of powerful technology and ideas, but we’ll see when the events of this movie happen, we’ll see how it pans out. I hope we’re not giving too much away.”
Bill Pullman returns as the now former President Whitmore. He’s passed the torch to the new president — or should I say Madame President, played by Sela Ward.
Sela Ward: “It is a little daunting when you take a role like this. You don’t want people sitting there going, ‘Oh, I never believe she was president.'”
If movies have taught us anything recently, it’s if you’re going to save the earth. You’re going to need a Hemsworth brother.
Chris Van Vliet: “You just keep getting big movie after big movie, is there any sort of sibling rivalry between you and Chris?”
Liam Hemsworth: “Yeah, I hate that guy. No, I mean we’re best friends. There’s always rivalry between brothers, but at the end of the day, we’re best friends.”
“Independence Day: Resurgence” is in theaters Friday.
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