The aliens are coming back to earth with a vengeance! 20th Century Fox, who produced the original “Independence Day” film popularly known as “ID4,” has just released a new international poster for the highly anticipated sequel to the 1997 blockbuster starring Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith.

The poster can be seen on 20th Century Fox’s official website of the movie. It has a ominous tagline that reads “We had twenty years to prepare … So did they.” The poster also recreates the iconic alien mothership arrival scene from the original film.

Obviously, the scale of destruction and war in the sequel is going to be much higher than anything seen in the first film. The trailer makes that quite apparent. Having a bigger sequel with more action is a staple Hollywood approach to blockbuster filmmaking where it is believed that upping the ante in the sequel is the obvious way in making them better than the original.

The 20th Century Fox website synopsis of the Roland Emmerich-directed “Independence Day: Resurgence” reads thus:

“We always knew they were coming back. 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.”

The best thing about “ID4: Resurgence” is that many of the original cast members like Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch, and Brent Spiner are returning to their original roles. Sadly, Will Smith isn’t coming back. According to the filmmakers, his character, Steven Hiller, has died in an accident while testing a new plane that was made utilising the recovered alien technology.

Smith told BBC Radio 1Xtra host A. Dot that his decision to not do the Independence Day sequel was not because of any lack of interest but due to timing issues. “It was one of those things. I had a couple of films lined up. I had ‘Concussion’ and ‘Suicide Squad.’ So it was a decision, timing wise, between ‘Independence Day’ and ‘Suicide Squad,’” Smith said.

Smith admits that he regrets not being able to do it after seeing pictures from the set of the sequel sent to him. The actor also added that “the world is in a place of nostalgia right now” and that “it was the perfect opportunity [to star in Independence Day 2] and it didn’t work out.”