London Has Fallen is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Babak Najafi and written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Chad St. John and Christian Gudegast. It is a sequel to Antoine Fuqua’s 2013 film Olympus Has Fallen, and stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman, with Alon Moni Aboutboul, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Jackie Earle Haley, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Sean O’Bryan, Waleed Zuaiter and Charlotte Riley in supporting roles.
Filming began on October 24, 2014, in London. A Christmas break started in November with filming resuming in February 2015. The film was released on March 4, 2016, by Focus Features under their recently revived Gramercy Pictures label.
Pakistani arms dealer and terrorist leader Aamir Barkawi (Alon Moni Aboutboul) is discovered to be the mastermind behind several terrorist attacks around the world. Western intelligence services locate his compound, and the United States launches a drone strike against it, supposedly killing Barkawi along with his family. Two years later, Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), Secret Service agent for President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), is expecting his first child with his wife Leah (Radha Mitchell). Meanwhile, having survived the earlier airstrike, Barkawi meets his son Kamran (Waleed Zuaiter) in Yemen, and the pair plan revenge.
Asher and Banning learn that British Prime Minister James Wilson has died. Along with Secret Service Director Lynne Jacobs (Angela Bassett), they travel to London to join other prominent world leaders for Wilson’s funeral. As the dignitaries are arriving, several mercenaries under Barkawi’s command initiate an attack, starting with a bomb that destroys the Canadian Prime Minister’s limo as it passes through Trafalgar Square, killing him and his wife. Other leaders suffer a similar fate – the Japanese Prime Minister drowns when suicide bombers cause Chelsea Bridge to collapse, the French President perishes in a bomb blast on the River Thames that heavily damages Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, the Italian Prime Minister and his wife are killed when one of Westminster Abbey’s bell towers is demolished while they are touring it, and the German Chancellor is shot dead by terrorists posing as Queen’s Guardsmen at Buckingham Palace. Meanwhile, Asher and the Secret Service men with him engage in a firefight with terrorists disguised as British Police and other emergency responders. Both sides suffer heavy losses before Banning, Asher, and Jacobs escape.
At their base of operations, the terrorists hack into the city’s power network, shutting it down. Banning, Asher, and Jacobs head to Marine One for extraction. However, terrorists on building rooftops use Stinger missiles to take out the escorting helicopters before shooting down Marine One. The aircraft crash-lands, resulting in Jacobs being fatally wounded; she dies after making Banning promise to kill those responsible for the carnage. Banning and Asher flee into the deactivated London Underground. Asher notes that the terrorists want to capture him alive so that he may be executed publicly and orders Banning to kill him if necessary to stop that from happening. Banning reluctantly agrees. As they move across the city, Banning contacts Vice President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) and sends the White House a message to let them know that he and Asher are heading for an MI6 safehouse in the city.