Independence Day: Resurgence Viral Video – Brent Spiner’s Dr. Okun

Independence Day: Resurgence is the long-awaited sequel to the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. As such, some of the cast from the original movie is returning for the second go around like Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Vivica A. Fox. While fans were disappointed that Will Smith opted not to return – and so, his character was killed off in some promotional material – fans were probably more curious about why Brent Spiner was the one coming back.

The simple asnwer is: he just never died at all. Further elaborating in the interview, Brent Spiner says that originally they filmed the officer who checks Okun say, “he’s dead”, but director Roland Emmerich opted not to use the line in the final edit, leaving Spiner to appear in more sequels. While I can’t imagine anyone thought the sequel would happen 20 years later, it turned out to be a good decision for Spiner.

Independence Day: Resurgence takes place years after the invasion that united the people of earth. Having incorporated the alien technology with their own, humans thought that they’d be ready if the aliens should ever return. They were wrong. Independence Day: Resurgence stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth, William Fichtner, Brent Spiner, Sela Ward, Judd Hirsch, and Maika Monroe. The film will hit theaters this summer, June 24, 2016.