Emmerich said the reason the film is called Resurgence is because, in the years since the war of the first film, the world has come together to fight against a common enemy.
Jeff Goldblum’s character – David Levinson – is the director of the new initiative. It’s his job to lead the way in making sure the world is safe.
Sela Ward is playing the new president of the United States. Ward said on the livestream that she’s tougher, more forceful, and more decisive than Bill Pullman’s character was.
Maika Monroe, daughter to Bill Pullman’s character, works with the new president and is also a fighter pilot. Said Monroe: “I’m kind of a badass, I think.”
Newcomer Liam Hemsworth is playing an orphan whose parents died in the first war. He eventually joined the military and became one of the best pilots they had, but he made some mistakes and was demoted to driving a “Moon Tug” (image above) on the new initiative’s lunar outpost.
Jessie Usher’s character – the son of Will Smith’s Captain Hiller – is definitely living in the shadow of his father, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Said Usher: “He took it for what it was and made the most of it.“
In the 20 years since the first film, Vivica A. Fox’s character has moved on from her previous life as a stripper – now she’s a hospital administrator and she’s saving lives.
Finally, Brent Spiner’s character – who was turned into an alien meat puppet in the first film (many assumed he was dead) – will be just as manic and excitable as he was in the first film. Interestingly, when asked if his character was actually alive, he apparently sidestepped the question.