‘Independence Day’ Double Feature Set for Opening Night

Fox is scheduling double-feature showings of the original “Independence Day” and its sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence” on June 23 as a Thursday night preview showing.

Fans can watch the 1996 film at 5 p.m., followed by the new movie at 8 p.m. with a single ticket, which will be counted in the June 24 opening day grosses. Fox is launching sales through Fandango and MovieTickets.com.

Vivica A. Fox, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Bill Pullman and Brent Spiner reprise their roles from the original film. Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward and Charlotte Gainsbourg join the sequel.

Roland Emmerich directed both movies. Dean Devlin, who produced the original film, is producing with Emmerich and Harald Kloser. The screenplay was written by Emmerich and Dean Devlin, and James Vanderbilt, James A.Woods & Nicolas Wright.

The plot revolves around various countries collaborating on an immense defense program to protect the planet, which comes under attack by an advanced and unprecedented alien force.

The original pic was a massive hit, hauling more than $800 million at the worldwide box office.

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