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'Independence Day' Sequel: 1st Trailer Hints at Big, Bad Alien Things

A giant alien spaceship makes landfall on Earth in a scene from the first trailer of "Independence Day: Resurgence" coming in 2016.
A giant alien spaceship makes landfall on Earth in a scene from the first trailer of "Independence Day: Resurgence" coming in 2016. (Image credit: 20th Century Fox)

Twenty years after saving Earth from an alien invasion, it looks like Independence Day's David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) is going to have to help us again.

A menacing alien ship looms in scenes from the first trailer of "Independence Day: Resurgence," as narration (taken from the first film) promises to make the American holiday a liberation day recognized worldwide.

"That is definitely bigger than the last one," says Levinson while he is standing in a spacesuit, gazing at the spaceship.

Levinson's exploits in the first "Independence Day" are outlined on the site Warof1996.com, a 20th Century Fox project that shows the events of the first film.

A giant alien spaceship makes landfall on Earth in a scene from the first trailer of "Independence Day: Resurgence" coming in 2016. (Image credit: 20th Century Fox)

The site also, according to media reports, explains why Steven Hiller (Will Smith) isn't in the rebooted franchise. In the real world, Smith didn't sign on to the film. In the "Independence Day" universe, Hiller died in a 2007 crash while piloting an alien hybrid fighter.

Most remember the original "Independence Day" for Hiller's wise-cracking observations, such as yelling "Welcome to Earth" while punching an alien's lights out. The new trailer, however, strikes a more somber tone, with a focus on the battle to save our home planet.

"We always knew they'd come back," the trailer states. "But nothing could prepare us for when they arrive."

"Independence Day: Resurgence" sends David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) to the moon in this scene from the action science fiction film's first trailer. (Image credit: 20th Century Fox)

The trailer shows U.N. trucks driving across an empty plain, dozens of human war planes heading out for war and the shadow of an alien spaceship moving across the moon. And it looks like there's a human base on the moon, with Goldblum's Levinson donning a spacesuit to take a visit.

While the aliens in "Independence Day: Resurgence" have yet to be revealed, the trailer promises no lack of battles with their fighters when the film hits theaters next summer.

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Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a contributing writer for Space.com (opens in new tab) since 2012. As a proud Trekkie and Canadian, she tackles topics like spaceflight, diversity, science fiction, astronomy and gaming to help others explore the universe. Elizabeth's on-site reporting includes two human spaceflight launches from Kazakhstan, and embedded reporting from a simulated Mars mission in Utah. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc (opens in new tab). in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University. Her latest book, NASA Leadership Moments, is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday.