and the film's producer and writer, Dean Devlin, once stated that the world's reaction to the September 11 attacks influenced him to strongly consider making a sequel to the film. . Travis Tope as Charlie Miller, a lieutenant in the Earth Space Defense and friend of Jake, who also lost his family when the aliens first attacked. The full title, Independence Day: Resurgence, was revealed on June 22, 2015. . Whitmore, Levinson, and U.S. General Joshua Adams' groups interrogate one of the aliens held in captivity at Area 51's prison facility from the war. They learn that the aliens exist in a hivemind and that one of their colossal Queens is commanding the invasion. Levinson hypothesizes that if they kill the supervising Queen, her forces will cease drilling and go dormant. An ESD aerial fleet, led by Captain Dylan Hiller, stages a counterattack, but they are caught in a trap within the mothership, leaving only a few survivors, including Dylan, Jake, Charlie, and fellow ESD lieutenant and Chinese pilot Rain Lao. With the Queen dead, all the remaining alien fighters are rendered inactive, while the mothership stops drilling and retreats to space. Okun reveals that the sphere has asked humanity to lead her resistance and has offered them new technology in preparation for a potential counterattack on the HAvrester's home world. Devlin began writing an outline for a script with Emmerich, . Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum and Maika Monroe at the film's premiere in Japan in June 2016. Deobia Oparei as Dikembe Umbutu, the Congolese ruler of the National Republic of Umbutu. Civilization has been restored and relative peace among nations exists following the human race's victory over the aliens' attacks. Brent Spiner as Dr. Brakish Okun, the director of research at Area 51. Judd Hirsch as Julius Levinson, a retired rabbi and David Levinson's father. Ng Chin Han as Jiang Lao, the Chinese general and commander of the Earth Space Defense's moon base and Rain Lao's uncle. Smith later stated that he declined the role due to scheduling conflicts with. The casting of Angelababy was announced on Twitter by Emmerich on June 3, 2015. . Later in June, it was officially confirmed that both Goldblum and Pullman would return in the sequel, and that a gay character would be featured. . She would play the daughter of the former President after Mae Whitman, who played the character in the original movie, declined to read for the part, according to Emmerich. . On January 27, 2015, casting began with Fox offering the lead role to Liam Hemsworth. . Charlotte Gainsbourg as Dr. Catherine Marceaux, a French psychiatrist researching telepathic connections between humans and aliens. The filmmakers refrained from shooting in India or portraying any prominent Indian monuments as being damaged to avoid potential protests and legal action from Indian religious groups and activists. . Early on, both Emmerich and Devlin hoped that Smith would return. . Liam Hemsworth as Jake Morrison, a pilot of the Earth Space Defense who lost his parents when the aliens first attacked. responding to the distress call, and proceeds to destroy much of the Earth's planetary defenses before landing over the North Atlantic Ocean, where it starts to drill down toward the Earth's molten core. Narrowly escaping death, those on board the space tug are able to avoid capture and return to Area 51.