To celebrate the release of Occupation: Rainfall, we sat down with Daniel Gilles – one of the film’s stars – to find out all about the sci-fi action thriller.

Known to many for his turns in The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Spider-Man 2 (more on that later), Gilles takes a break from vampires and spiders to tackle aliens in this explosive sequel. Picking up after its predecessor, the follow-up sees Gillies as Wing Commander Hayes who is plunged straight into the waging war between the remaining human race and the aliens who want to make Earth their new home. The actor tells us of the challenges in playing such a role, the physical elements of the film amongst all the CGI, working with director Luke Sparke, and what fans of the first film can expect from the sequel, including co-stars Ken Jeong and Jason Isaacs.

We also spoke to him about his experiences working with Sam Raimi on Spider-Man 2 – which turns 20 next year – and what he thought of the rumours swirling around the internet of Spider-Man of films past returning alongside Tom Holland, and whether like his on-screen father J.Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons), as well as Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire, might also be making a reappearance…

You can watch the full interview below:

Occupation: Rainfall opens in select cinemas and on Digital from July 9th.