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07/22/2015 AT 03:30 PM EDT

Step aside, gentlemen – there's a woman in charge now.

Sela Ward portrays the Commander-in-Chief in Independence Day: Resurgence, and the 59-year-old actress tells PEOPLE she gives her gig as President Lanford two thumbs-up.

"It was awesome getting to play the first female President of the United States," Ward tells PEOPLE. "She’s strong, decisive and not afraid to kick ass!"

The sequel, set to hit theaters on June 26 of next year, is a follow-up to the classic that first hit theaters nearly 20 years ago – and the CSI: NY veteran says there are many similarities to the first science-fiction film.

"The film has great humor, like the first one, with lots of action and mind-blowing special effects," she says.

Watch: Liam Hemsworth and Vivica A. Fox Talk Independence Day: Resurgence

The sequel will also star Independence Day originals Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Vivica A. Fox, plus newcomers Liam Hemsworth and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Reporting by Julie Jordan
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