Liam Hemsworth leads a team of young pilots fighting aliens in Independence Day: Resurgence directed by Roland Emmerich with an all-star cast including Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Sela Ward, Maika Monroe, Jessie Usher and Angelababy.
The aliens are back with a vengeance for Independence Day: Resurgence, which represents director Roland Emmerich’s huge return to the genre that made him famous. The 1996 original shot into the public imagination with its vistas of destruction, its memorable characters and huge impact on both science fiction and disaster movies. Now, 20 years later, humanity has united to rebuild the world’s major cities, while salvaged alien technology has been utilized to work on solving many big problems such as climate change. But the lingering threat of the extra-terrestrials’ return still hangs over their heads and the Earth Space Defence program has formed to be ready for when that day comes.
Demonstrating versatility and skill in a range of performances, Hemsworth has proven to be one of the most sought-after actors of his generation. In the movie, Hemsworth plays Jake Morrison, a hotshot fighter pilot whose family was killed in the original alien attack chronicled in Roland Emmerich’s groundbreaking 1996 sci-fi thriller. Growing up an orphan, Jake joined the military, and quickly showed an aptitude for daring flight missions.
Hemsworth particularly enjoyed exploring the character’s motivations to be at the front lines of this new battle against the Aliens. “Jake’s parents were killed during the War of 1996, so he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder in this fight.”
Hemsworth says he jumped at the chance to be a part of Independence Day: Resurgence, because the first film is one of his all-time favorites, although he was only six years old when it was released. “Battling an Alien invasion fleet in this film was a dream come true for me,” says the actor.
Independence Day: Resurgence opens today in cinemas nationwide.