Fans of Liam Hemsworth are eagerly waiting to see him destroy some aliens in Independence Day: Resurgence, which will premiere on 24 June. Roland Emmerich, the director of the science-fiction thriller, has revealed the reason he got the Australian star on board the sequel and called him the "best" among the young actors of his age.

"I met pretty much every young actor of his age — everyone wanted to be in this film — and I just liked him the best. He was the closest to how I envisaged Jake Morrison to be. I'd seen him in The Hunger Games and some other stuff," he told Empire.

Resurgence picks up 20 years after the first movie. Fearing future attacks, Earth's scientists have harvested the best of the technologies left behind by the aliens during their first invasion. But the worst fears of the scientists come true when an alien group, led by a female leader, plans a major assault against Earth.

Independence Day Resurgence
The movie will begin 20 years after the events of the first movie in which Will Smith played the lead 20th Century Fox

The five-minute trailer, which was released by 20th Century Fox in May, reveals a lot of action and CGI sequences involving gravity-defying moments; we get to see sky-scrapers as well as oceans go upwards and crash down.

Earth Space Defence fighter pilots Jake Morrison (Hemsworth) and Jessie Usher's Dylan Hiller, (son of Steven Hiller) need to race against time to save humans from extinction and fight the aliens with the technology and intelligence they have.

Emmerich, however, agreed that the previous script for the sequel was scrapped because it was dull. "It was after 9/11 and Dean [Devlin] and I wanted to make the movie about peace, and it just didn't work," he told the news outlet.

"We shoot aliens down accidentally and then, at the end of the movie, they land on the White House lawn and say 'we come in peace' and that was it. It was just too weak an idea and we didn't really want to do it. [It] didn't have an Independence Day feel. Only the alien ship was destroyed!"