' Cinema Romantico: Who In The World Will Charlotte Gainsbourg Be In Independence Day 2?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Who In The World Will Charlotte Gainsbourg Be In Independence Day 2?

Virtually everyone in the original “Independence Day” that lived appears set to return for the seemingly unnecessary “Independence Day 2” aside from Will Smith. But Will Smith’s absence is not what intrigues Cinema Romantico. No, what intrigues Cinema Romantico is the presence of Charlotte Gainsbourg. That’s Charlotte Gainsbourg. Yes. You heard me. Lars von Trier regular, César Award winner, official card-carrying member of the Arthouse Charlotte Gainsbourg is going to be in “Independence Day 2.” This is incredible. This is the kind of out of the box casting Hollywood needs to be leaning on with a vengeance. How in the world is Charlotte Gainsbourg going to fit in with the original ID4ers? Ah, what an excellent question, inquisitive reader! Luckily we here at Cinema Romantico have a few theories!


Who In The World Will Charlotte Gainsbourg Be In Independence Day 2?

1. As the foremost and forgotten primary rival of Vivica A. Fox at her, ahem, adult dance club, Gainsbourg’s Loleola Eppinette, who was involved in a deep and passionate relationship with Harry Connick Jr’s Jimmy Wilder, blames Capt. Steven Hiller for her lover's death. She sets out on a path of both physical and psychological vengeance – successful at first, only to devolve into a literal canyon of existentialism when the second alien invasion commences.

2. Gainsbourg stars as Sophie Archambault, wife of the late French Prime Minister, killed in the alien attacks of “ID4”, not unlike President Whitmore’s own spouse. However, through a series of diary entries, reveals by staffers, soul-searching voiceovers, and crane shots set on windswept cliffs, we learn that Whitmore’s wife and Sophie’s husband were engaged in an illicit transnational affair. Inexplicably, Sophie and Whitmore are drawn to one another in their hour of need. A new alien invasion erupts. Sophie and Whitmore throw off the shackles of stewardship and opt for passion instead.

3. Despondent over the death of their beloved father, Russell Case, his three children, Miguel, Alicia and Troy, find themselves drawn into a doomsday cult lorded over by a charismatic if unstable woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg) whose fervent belief that extra-terrestrials would prove the savior of mankind has gone to pot. When another wave of aliens attack, she beseeches the heavens for the apocalypse. When the aliens are repelled once again, she vows to engender the apocalypse herself.

4. In a post alien-invasion world, relations between the United States and France grow testy when the latter accuses the former of being “too bossy” on account of its primary role as Earth’s savior and the former accuses the latter of “cowardice” in fending off their invaders. President Whitmore calls upon his trusted NATO Ambassador (Charlotte Gainsbourg) to ease tensions. Yet as the situation develops and a new alien threat emerges, the Ambassador begins acting wonkily as nations pull out of NATO left and right, turning their back on America. Eerie sounds echo throughout the White House. President Whitmore begins seeing the Ambassador at odd hours. He has visions of aliens. In a late film reveal, President Whitmore, combing through the Ambassador's file, realizes she was once a junior intern at S.E.T.I. and has since become highly involved in a violent splinter S.E.T.I. group advocating for alien rights. Hearing a clang behind him, President Whitmore turns, and there she stands with a digital readout of an impending alien invasion she has helped coordinate. The world is destroyed.

5. After a brief re-ignition of love with his ex-wife at the first film’s end only to have it fizzle out, David (Jeff Goldblum) has re-married with Sonia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and they are living happily in the same tenement building as David’s wacky father (Judd Hirsch). Then a young ingénue (Ludivine Sagnier) moves in next door and almost instantly begins making doe eyes at David. Sonia suspects something is amiss. It is. Soon, David’s wacky father winds up dead in an accident that doesn’t seem so accidental. And now it appears Sonia might be next. There also aliens.

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