Roland Emmerich is destroying the White House all over again in the new trailer for his summer action event film “White House Down.” The clip features plenty of the stylized scenes of spectacular destruction that helped Emmerich cement his place in Hollywood as a blockbuster auteur.
Due out June 28, “White House Down” stars Channing Tatum, a Capitol policeman who’s taking his daughter on a tour of the White House when a heavily armed paramilitary group takes the D.C. complex. It then falls to Tatum’s John Cale to protect President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx), his daughter and his country.
The trailer features little dialogue, the quieter opening moments contrasting images of explosive devastation against an Abraham Lincoln quotation: “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
But against the meditative backdrop, there’s plenty of adrenaline-laced sequences, helicopter crashes, car chases, the full gamut. Naturally.
“It’s a lot of fun and all the things you want from a Roland Emmerich movie,” Tatum told The Times on the film’s set last year. “But it’s also a movie about love and the lengths my character will go to so he can have that.”
Of course, it was aliens, not homegrown radicals, who destroyed the famous structure at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in 1996’s “Independence Day,” which launched Emmerich’s career as a master of crowd-pleasing entertainment and helped cement Will Smith’s status as an action movie leading man.
The filmmaker, whose credits also include “The Patriot” and “Anonymous” in addition to “Stargate,” “The Day After Tomorrow” and “2012,” among others, will appear to discuss that film onstage at a Q&A following a matinee showing of “Independence Day” at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival Sunday, May 12, at the Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood.
A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase here.
– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex