It may not have Will Smith punching an alien in the face, but the long-in-the-works sequel to Independence Day finally saw the first light of day on Sunday by way of a premiere trailer during the day's NFL action.
The two-minute spot for Independence Day: Resurgence puts a pretty big emphasis on Jeff Goldblum's return as environmentalist David Levinson, though former alternate-American President Bill Pullman has a brief cameo—now sporting a bushy, white beard—to say, "They're coming back." Original film actors Vivica A. Fox and Judd Hirsch can be seen in the trailer as well, while the sequel's IMDB listing claims that Star Trek: TNG's Brett Spiner will also return.
As Ars learned in 2013, this sequel (whose shorthand, if you're wondering, is IDR, not ID4.2) was announced as merely half of the franchise's return; series director Roland Emmerich originally wanted the back-to-back films to be titled Independence Day Forever Parts I & II. With a new title and no official sign of a back-to-back filming schedule, there's no telling whether that ambitious plan will come to fruition—and it still sounds like the new film won't have any sign of Will Smith. The role of Smith's character's son in the new film has gone to 23-year-old actor Jessie Usher, while IDR's lead ass-kicker appears to be Liam "I'm not Thor" Hemsworth.