'Independence Day: Resurgence' story news: Why Hiller is not in the sequel

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After the first trailer for “Independence Day: Resurgence” debuted during a football game earlier this week and then launched online shortly after, a lot of people are asking why Will Smith’s character, Captain Steven Hiller, is not in the storyline. 

A viral website launched by 20th Century Fox came alongside the release of the first trailer detailing the events of what is being called the War of 1996. More importantly, the website also lets people into the details that follow the attack, and what planet Earth had done in the last 20 years since aliens invaded Earth. 

The website goes on to narrate how the world united to form Earth Space Defense in 1998, which is lead by Jeff Goldblum’s character David Levinson. However, tragedies followed the creation of the united cause, including the death of Col. Hiller (Smith) in a pilot testing of the first alien hybrid fighter. 

In addition, the official Twitter account of the film lets fans in into other details of the backstory that supports “Independence Day: Resurgence.” A tweeted photo states that there are remaining survivors of the alien race that have formed rogue colonies in Congo. It is believed that it is this group of surviving invaders that contact their home planet for reinforcements.

In the movie, Levinson becomes the lead in developing new weapons of warfare that are inspired by the wreckage and remnants of the alien technology. Another tweet goes to show a picture of Levinson presenting an array of consumer technology, also inspired from the alien remnant, at a TEDx conference. 

“Independence Day: Resurgence” follows the events that happen 20 years after an alien race attacked planet Earth but was stopped by acts of valor and courage. This time, the hostile species comes back with technology far greater than what they brought the first time around.

The film is set to be released on June 24, 2016.