independence day resurgenceJust over a year from the film’s release, Fox has announced a new, improved title for “Independence Day 2,” and offered up the first photo from the long-awaited sequel.

The flick is now known as “Independence Day Resurgence,” and what it’s missing in punctuation (seriously, there should be a colon after “Day,” right?), it more than makes up for in casting. Nearly every big name from the first film — save for the glaring omission of too-expensive Will Smith — is returning for the follow-up, including Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, and Judd Hirsch.

Joining those familiar faces this time around are series newcomers Liam Hemsworth, Sela Ward (who’s replacing Pullman as POTUS), Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Joey King, and Maika Monroe. “Resurgence” centers around the people of Earth bracing for another alien attack, since the distress call that the first wave of aliens sent out during the invasion and ensuing battle in 1996’s “Independence Day” is only just now reaching their home planet.

Perhaps Earth’s defense in “Resurgence” involves a trip to the moon? That’s certainly implied by this first image from the flick (below), which calls the pictured spacecraft a Moon Tug. We’re not sure exactly what that means, but we can’t wait to find out.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset“Independence Day Resurgence” is due in theaters on June 24, 2016.

Photo credit: Fox

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