Burj Khalifa destroyed by aliens in upcoming Hollywood blockbuster

In the first trailer for the upcoming film Independence Day: Resurgence Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is seen crashing into the River Thames in London.

Why is not explained – but along with shots of Singapore rising out of the sea it appears that once again the world is under attack from aliens.

The trailer debuted during US Super Bowl 50 with an unmistakable cameo from the Burj Khalifa.

The original 1996 Independence Day featured scenes of American cities including Washington, New York and Los Angeles being annihilated from space. The explosion of the White House has become an iconic scene in action movie lore.

But this time it appears director Roland Emmerich has upped his destruction levels and gone  global.

The film, out June 24 in the US, brings back stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A Fox and Brent Spiner for a 20-year reunion and also features Liam Hemsworth and Maika Monroe among newcomers. But Will Smith will not reprise his starring role as Captain Steven Hillier.