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Roland Emmerich unveils ‘Independence Day Resurgence’

"Independence Day Resurgence" was unveiled as the official title of the sequel to "Independence Day" on Monday at Albuquerque Studios. (Adrian Gomez/Albuquerque Journal)

“Independence Day Resurgence” was unveiled as the official title of the sequel to “Independence Day” on Monday at Albuquerque Studios. (Adrian Gomez/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s official. The sequel to “Independence Day” has a title.

Director Roland Emmerich revealed “Independence Day Resurgence” during a live stream with the cast from Albuquerque Studios on Monday.

The sequel takes place 20 years after the original film in 1996. It will be released on June 24, 2016, nearly a year from now.

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The production began filming on May 4.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, it will employ about 300 local crew members and more than 4,000 local background workers.

It’s been nearly two decades since the first “Independence Day” stormed into theaters and racked up $306 million in the United States and $881 million worldwide.

In the sequel, the next epic chapter delivers global catastrophe.

According to Emmerich, humans are using recovered alien technology and anticipating the invaders’ return. The have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare the world’s leaders for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can hope to bring the world back from the brink.

During the live stream new castmembers Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe and Sela Ward as well as returning actors Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner and Judd Hirsch participated.

Hemsworth talked about joining the cast and playing his character named Jake, who drives a “moon tug” for the lunar outpost.

“It’s kind of unlucky how he ends up in that ship,” Hemsworth said. “Jake lost his parents in the first attack, he grew up in an orphanage, and eventually joined the military and became a fighter pilot, and eventually became one of the best of the best fighter pilots. I think his ego kind of got in the way, he made a bad decision and put someone’s life at risk, and he got the great job of driving this moon tug, which is basically a forklift on the moon.”

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Emmerich likened the film of a passing on the torch.

“We have the original and a new generation,” Emmerich said.

Ward, who is new to the cast, plays the president of the United States in the sequel.

She thanked Emmerich for his forward-thinking, non-sexist, and socially responsible vision in having a female president.

She described her role as president as “entirely different. It’s a totally different political landscape. She’s tougher, more decisive, not afraid to use force, more aggressive. Sorry, Bill,” she said.

Then Pullman, who plays President Thomas Whitmore in the films quipped, “Can you fly a jet?”

The production will continue through the summer at Albuquerque Studios.

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