Production on the sequel to sci-fi action blockbuster 'Independence Day' is under way, nearly 20 years since the box-office hit was released.
American actress Joey King ('White House Down'), one of the one of the cast members, posted a picture of herself on Twitter alongside the film's director Roland Emmerich with the caption: "Headed to start filming #IndependenceDay with @rolandemmerich and our wonderful producers!"
Emmerich, who also directed the 1996 alien invasion adventure, reposted the picture on his Facebook page with the caption "New Mexico or bust! Less than two weeks until filming begins".
He added: "I’m beyond excited to bring the sequel to ‘Independence Day’ to New Mexico. With their state of the art Albuquerque Studios, the robust tax incentive programme, the proximity to Los Angeles and last not but least, its talented cast and crew, make New Mexico a great fit for my movie."
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Packed with special effects and human drama, 'Independence Day' grossed US$817.4 million (more than S$1 billion) and earned an Academy Award in the best effects, visual effects category.
In one of the film's most famous scenes, an alien ship attacks and destroys the White House.
The sequel is expected to deliver global catastrophe on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations on Earth, anticipating the invadrs’ return, collaborate on a defense programme to protect the planet. But the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force is still formidable, and only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring the planet back from the brink of extinction.
Much of the original cast are set to return, with actors Bill Pullman, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Judd Hirsch signing on.
Jeff Goldblum, who starred in the original, returns for the sequel as well, while Australian actor Liam Hemsworth, now a fixture on 'The Hunger Games' movie series, is a new addition alongside 'White House Down' actress King.
Will Smith will not be reprising his role as Captain Steven Hiller, media reports have stated.
The film is scheduled to be released in June 2016, nearly 20 years after 'Independence Day' premiered.