It’s a sign of the times when your trailer makes a comment on the nature of movie marketing. So we have Jeff Goldblum quipping about the destruction of landmarks while London in particular is torn apart by the return of the aliens who arrived twenty years ago.

What this new trailer shows off is that there will be many of the previous films’ beats with the absence of Will Smith’s character clearly making its way into the plot at some point. But other than that it’s more of the same – cities, destruction, rinse and repeat.

The film is directed by disaster master Roland Emmerich and stars Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Joey King, William Fichtner.


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.