Independence Day 2 movie title, synopsis, first BTS images and concept art revealed

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Jun 23, 2015, 4:10 PM EDT

20th Century Fox has finally revealed the official title for the highly anticipated sequel to Independence Day, a first official synopsis and a few behind-the-scenes pics and concept art.

Titled Independence Day: Resurgence, the film is set 20 years after the events of the first movie. In it, humanity needs to band together (again) and pool its resources to fight off a new alien invasion. Director Roland Emmerich is back at the helm for the ID4 movie sequel and told Empire Online: "We call it in the film the War of '96. It’s like a post-World generation that’s unified, and that's amazing to see a world come together with a common enemy. That's a resurgence."

The cool piece of concept art revealed by Empire (the pic above) depicts the military piloting an alien craft through what’s left of a city. Emmerich said: "The world is totally rebuilt. They had alien technology and anti-gravity, so they could rebuild quite fast. Imagine what we would do with alien technology and who would have it."

As for the aliens, the Idependence Day director is keeping them under wraps. However, he did explain this "urban disintegration" apocalyptic vision (seen in the piece of concept art) refers to the aliens’ massive city-destroying weapons based on the moons of the solar system. Empire points out that this could explain the Moon Tug vessel, seen in the gallery below, Liam Hemsworth’s character, Jake, will be piloting in the movie.

Now, here’s the official synopsis:

We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

Independence Day: Resurgence sees the return of original cast members Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox and Brent Spiner, and features newcomers Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe and Sela Ward.

The movie is set to hit theaters on June 24, 2016.

(via Comic Book Movie, Empire)