After revealing the epic new trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence, there has been one question on everyone’s lips – where on earth is Will Smith’s character, saviour of the planet, Colonel Steven Hiller?
In the very beginning, I wanted to work with him and he was excited to be in it but then after a while he was tired of sequels, and he did another science fiction film, which was his father-son story, so he opted out.
That sci-fi father/son film was M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth, which co-starred Smith’s real-life son, Jaden. However, fans of the original Independence Day are interested to see how Emmerich explains Hiller’s absence – Although nothing is revealed in the trailer, a visit to Fox’s unbelievably in-depth interactive website War Of 1996 can answer any number of questions regarding what has gone on since the last film.
The site reveals a series of news reports – some voiced by bonafide legend and certified brain-box Jeff Goldbloom – which show snapshots of humanity’s developments – the most impressive being a moon base – since the alien attack.
The fate of Smith’s character is laid out in a news report from 2007 titled ‘Alien Tech Malfunction Kills Col. Hiller’ which goes on to say:
While test piloting the ESD’s first alien hybrid fighter, an unknown malfunction causes the untimely death of Col. Hiller. Hiller’s valour in the War of ‘96 made him a beloved global icon whose selfless assault against the alien mothership lead directly to the enemy’s defeat. He is survived by his wife Jasmine and son Dylan.
So there you go, it’s worth visiting the site just to see the ridiculous amount of effort that Emmerich, as ever, is putting into the back story to bring everyone up to speed before the film is released in June next year – can’t wait.