The cast of Independence Day: Resurgence, including Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A Fox, Jessie Usher, Sela Ward, and Brent Spiner, were named winners of CinemaCon’s 2016 Ensemble of the Universe Award. It’s been 20 years since aliens invaded and Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum had to save the world from annihilation in Independence Day. The long-awaited sequel heads to theaters on June 24, 2016 – just a couple of weeks short of the original action film’s opening in theaters – and the National Association of Theater Owners chose the big-budget sci-fi action film as their 2016 Ensemble award winner, honoring the cast during the Big Screen Achievement Awards in Las Vegas.
In addition to accepting the award during the gala event at Caesars Palace, the cast took part in two press conferences in support of the Independence Day sequel. Vivica A. Fox, Jessie Usher, and Sela Ward were teamed up to talk about their roles in Independence Day: Resurgence, with Vivica A. Fox reprising her role from the film and Jessie Usher joining the cast as her son, now grown up. Sela Ward plays the U.S. President who’s challenged with leading the country during another devastating attack by invading alien forces. Ward described her character as incredibly tough and admitted that after playing the U.S. President, she wouldn’t mind actually being a politician.
Watch the full Independence Day: Resurgence interview:
The Independence Day: Resurgence Plot: 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.