Digimon: The Battle for Earth is a Japanese-American science fiction fantasy action film directed by Nacho Vigalondo and written and produced by Drew Gars and Vigalondo, which is based on the anime of the same name. This is the sequel to the film Digimon and Digimon: The Dark Network and it is the third installment of the live action Digimon film series. The film stars an ensemble cast featuring Ansel Elgort, Josh Hutcherson, Bella Thorne, Liana Liberato, Asa Butterfield, Robert Sheehan, Ty Simpkins, Joey King, Guy Pearce, Tom Cruise, Liam Neeson, Jennifer Garner, Ken Watanabe, Simon Pegg, Genevieve Gaunt, Zach Woods, Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson, Orla Brady, David Harbour, Elizabeth Marvel, Michael Ironside, Anna Kendrick, Dan Aykroyd and Patrick Stewart.
A year after their second adventure in the Digital World, the DigiDestined have moved on with their lives. But they recieve a message from Gennai that reveal that there's an eighth DigiDestined and that an evil Digimon named Myotismon and his army have arrived in the real world to find him/her. They decide to find the Eighth member before Myotismon does. Meanwhile, Myotismon presence causes the apparent death of the President of the United States, so the government takes action into tracking him down.
In a castle in the Digital World, the vampire Digimon Myotismon (Guy Pearce) is preparing is about to depart for the real world through a legendary door, where he had learned of a prophecy that there is an Eighth DigiDestined member, so he plans on going to the real world and kill the Eighth DigiDestined.
On Earth, at the international government agency D.A.T.S., computer scientist Laurel Walsh (Orla Brady) has detected an unknown digital object on the highway of cyberspace, She and her assistant Sara Jean Aubrey (Genevieve Gaunt) head to the director of D.A.T.S. Satsuma Rentarō (Ken Watanabe)
- Ansel Elgort as Tyler "Tai" Kamden, the leader of the DigiDestined.
- Josh Hutcherson as Matt Jordans, T.K.'s big brother and a member of the DigiDestined and Tai's second-in-command.
- Bella Thorne as Sora Taylor, Tai's best friend and a member of the DigiDestined.
- Asa Butterfield as Korbin "Izzy" Isaacs, a computer expert and a member of the DigiDestined.
- Liana Liberato as Mimi Thatch, a blunt and outspoken teen and a member of the DigiDestined.
- Ty Simpkins as T.K. Tanner, Matt's little brother and a member of the DigiDestined.
- Robert Sheehan as Joe Kingston, the eldest member of the DigiDestined.
- Joey King as Kari Kamden, Tai's little sister and the 8th member of the DigiDestined.
- Tom Cruise as Thomas Norstein, the President of the United States and a progressive politician. He is revealed to be a veteran DigiDestined who wanted to escape from that life as a DigiDestined.
- Liam Neeson as George Loomis, the Vice President of the United States. When Norstein is presumed dead, he is made the Acting President of the United States.
- Jennifer Garner as Zoe Norstein, the First Lady of the United States and Thomas’ wife. She is later revealed as a veteran DigiDestined.
- Ken Watanabe as Satsuma Rentarō, the Director of Digitally Advanced Tatics Service (D.A.T.S.) and Walsh's superior. He is soon revealed to be a veteran DigiDestined.
- Simon Pegg as Cedric Fallon, an astrophysicist who is recruited by D.A.T.S..
- Genevieve Gaunt as Sara Jean Aubrey, a D.A.T.S. tech specialist who works closely with Dr. Walsh.
- Zach Woods as Louis Mayden, a D.A.T.S. agent and driver of Agent Lewis.
- Samuel L. Jackson as Colonel Quincey Miles, USA, a United States Army officer from the California National Guard who leads a task force when Myotismon attacks San Francisco.
- Craig T. Nelson as Charles DeWitt, the Speaker of the House of Representatives who becomes the Acting Vice President of the United States.
- Orla Brady as Dr. Laurel Walsh, a leading D.A.T.S. computer scientist who detects Myotismon coming to earth.
- Anna Kendrick as Carol Williams, a student at the Stockholm Royal University of Science and Technolgy and the creator of the Trans-Uploader. She is captured by Myotismon when he arrives in the Real World and is forced to be his human accomplice.
- David Harbour as Jack Cranston, the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
- Elizabeth Marvel as Felicia Ganterity, the Director of the U.S. Secret Service.
- J.R. Bourne as Sullivan "Sully" Kamden, Tai and Kari's father and Yudelle's husband.
- Tracy Middendorf as Yudelia "Delia" Kamden, Tai and Kari's mother and Sully's wife.
- Robin Tunney as Tonya Taylor, Sora's mother.
- Sasha Alexander as Katherine Isaacs, Mason's wife and Izzy's adopted mother.
- Matt Passmore as Mason Isaacs, Katherine's husband and Izzy's adopted father.
- Josh Hopkins as Hilton Jordans, a news producer for KNTV and Matt and T.K.'s father.
- Kathleen Rose Perkins as Nancy Tanner, Matt and T.K.'s mother and Hilton's ex-wife.
- Michael Trucco as Kenneth Thatch, Savannah's husband and Mimi's father.
- Caroline Dhavernas as Savannah Thatch, Kenneth's wife and Mimi's mother.
- Paul McGillion as Heath Kingston, Joe’s father and Tessa’s husband.
- Marguerite Moreau as Tessa Kingston, Joe’s mother and Heath’s husband.
- Michael Ironside as Lieutenant General Carter Abrahams, USA, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Adrian Pasdar as Agent Cainman, a Secret Service Special Agent-in-Charge who heads Acting President Loomis' security detail.
- John Cho as William Lewis, a D.A.T.S. Special Agent.
- David Henrie as Jim Kingston, Joe's older brother.
- Dan Aykroyd as Ernest "Ernie" Hartman, the general manager of KNTV television station and Hitlon's UFO-conspiracy-theory-obsessed boss.
- Timothy Simons as Charlie Jeffers, Ernie's assistant at KNTV.
- Elizabeth Mitchell as Denise Quinn, the lead anchorwoman for KNTV.
- Josh Charles as Burton Walker, the lead anchorman for KNTV.
- Olivia Wilde as Jackie Boswell, a young news reporter for KNTV.
- Kyle Mooney as Jeremiah Ward, Stephanie's camera man.
- Marissa Neitling as Marcy Weathers, President Norstein’s personal assistant assigned to Acting President Loomis.
- Matt Gerald as Sergeant Major Beck, USA, a member of Colonel Miles' task force and Colonel Miles' second-in-command.
- Ray Wise as Brigadier General Raymond Crawford, a U.S. Army general officer and the Chief of the National Guard Bureau.
- Charles Parnell as Rear Admiral Lawrence Stevens, USN, a U.S. Navy admiral and the commander of a United States Navy task force in charge of tracking down Myotismon.
- Roger Cross as Agent O'Bolan, a Secret Service agent assigned to Acting President Loomis' security detail.
- Jane Wu as Agent Straven, a Secret Service agent assigned to Acting President Loomis' security detail.
- Bill Smitrovich as Simon Collins, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.
- Maximiliano Hernández as Leonard Ortiz, the White House Chief of Staff.
- Diane Neal as Margret Simmons, the Director of National Intelligence.
- Janel Moloney as Leslie Ross, the U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor.
- Athena Karkanis as Nina Kenton, the White House Press Secretary.
- William Devane as Theodore Thompson, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
- Darby Stanchfield as Karen Dale, the U.S. Attorney General.
- Rex Linn as Maurice Wallace, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.
- Peter Jacobson as Roger Conroy, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
- Steven Culp as Jackson Blake, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- David Andrews as General Thurston Price, USAF, the Director of the National Security Agency.
- Richard Gant as Major General Kendall Parkins, USMC, the commander of the U.S. Cyber Command.
- Robert Picardo as Joshua Zane, the U.S. Homeland Security Advisor.
- Demetrius Grosse as Staff Sergeant Issakins, USA, a member of Colonel Miles' task force.
- Sasha Jackson as Corporal Harrod, USA, a member of Colonel Miles' task force.
- David Paetkau as Specialist Walley, USA, a member of Colonel Miles' task force.
- Eric Allan Kramer as Sergeant Kemp, USA, a member of Colonel Miles' task force.
- Gregory Itzin as Calvin Russell, the Mayor of San Francisco.
- Kerris Dorsey as Gwen Norstein, Thomas and Zoe's daughter who was killed by Myotismon in the beginning.
- Carly Pope as Bernadette Dunham, the White House Deputy Press Secretary who was killed by Myotismon in the beginning.
- Christina Cox as Cynthia Stenson, the White House Communications Director who was killed by Myotismon in the beginning.
- Michel Gill as Michael Carver, the U.S. National Security Advisor who was killed by Myotismon in the beginning.
- Aaron Douglas as Agent Kempton, a Secret Service Special Agent-in-Charge who heads President Norstein's security detail who was killed by Myotismon in the beginning.
- Noam Jenkins as Agent Moss, a Secret Service agent assigned to President Norstein's security detail who was killed by Myotismon in the beginning.
- TBA as Agent Rance, a Secret Service agent assigned to President Norstein's security detail who was killed by Myotismon in the beginning.
- Wolf Blitzer as himself
- Anderson Cooper as himself
- Soledad O'Brien as herself
- Cenk Uygur as himself
- Ana Kasparian as herself
- Stephanie Abrams as herself
- Tom Fahn voices Agumon
- - Spencer Wilding as WarGreymon (motion capture performer)
- Kirk Thornton voices Gabumon,
- Tifanie Christun voices Biyomon, Sora's Digimon partner.
- Jeff Nimoy voices Tentomon, Izzy's Digimon partner.
- Anna Garduno voices Palmon, Mimi's Digimon partner.
- R. Martin Klein voices Gomamon, Joe's Digimon partner.
- Laura Summer voices Patamon, T.K.'s Digimon partner.
- Edie Birman voices Gatomon, an Exalted Beast Digimon and one of Myotismon's lieutenants. She is the secondary antagonist turned supporting protagonist.
- Guy Pearce as Myotismon, an undead Digimon and the King of Undead Digimon. He serves as the main antagonist of the film.
- Derek Stephen Prince voices DemiDevimon, a spiteful imp Digimon and a flunky that works for Myotismon. He is the true secondary antagonist of the film.
- Dave Guerrie voices Phantomon, the driver to Myotismon's carriage and the general of Myotismon's army of Bakemon. He is the quaternary antagonist of the film.
- Frank Welker voices MegaSeadramon, one of Myotismon's servants that guarded Ikkakumon's way.
- Derek Mears as SkullMeramon, one of Myotismon's henchmen who is searching for the Eighth Child.
- Bill Timoney voices Bakemon, the minions of Myotismon. They serves as the tertiary antagonists in the film.
- Dee Bradley Baker also voices Snimon, one of Myotismon's minions.
- Kevin Michael Richardson voices Raremon, a Ghost Digimon working for Myotismon terrorizes the bay looking for the Eighth Child.
- Spencer Wilding as SkullMeramon, one of Myotismon's henchmen.
- Keegan-Michael Key voices Gotsumon, a minion of Myotismon.
- Jordan Peele voices Pumpkinmon, a minion of Myotismon.
- Patrick Stewart as Gennai, a data-based human in the form of an old man who serves as the DigiDestined's guide when they arrive in the Digital World.
- Chris Pine voices Wizardmon, Gatomon's old friend.
- - Danny Woodburn as Wizardmon (motion-capture)
During production on Digimon 2, executive producer Jeff Nimoy announced that there will be a third of the live action Digimon film series. Director Nacho Vigalondo would to direct the film.
Simon Pegg and Dan Aykroyd have returned to reprise their roles from the first film. Gars stated that Pegg will receive a larger role in the film. It was announced that Tom Cruise would star as a lead supporting role in the film, while Liam Neeson, Orla Brady and Genevieve Gaunt were in early talks to join the cast of the film. On March, Zach Woods was also in final talks to join the film and to play seventh and final supporting role. On April, Jennifer Garner joined the film to star as the First Lady to Cruise's President Oliver. Cruise will play as U.S. president Oliver who teams up with the DigiDestined to save the planet. Gaunt and Brady will play scientists who detect Myotismon coming to earth, Neeson will be U.S. Vice President Loomis and Woods will play a cowardly government agent. On July, Anna Kendrick was added to the cast of the film to play Carol Williams, a woman whose the reason Myotismon's on earth. Ken Watanabe joined the cast of the film to play Satsuma Rentarō, the head of D.A.T.S.
Aside from the human characters, Australian actor Guy Pearce was casted as the film's main antagonist, Myotismon. Actor Chris Pine joined the film as the voice of Wizardmon.
Industrial Light & Magic was chosen to create the visual effects for the first film and the second film. Hongo and Gars hired Oscar winners John Knoll and Hal T. Hickel, both known for their work on the Star Wars prequel trilogy and the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Legacy Effects was hired to do the special and practical effects on the film. Shane Mahan, known for creating the armored suits for Iron Man, was hired on as effects supervisor. John Rosengrant was also brought in for his work on Real Steel. Oscar winner Clay Pinney, known for his work on Independence Day and Star Trek, was also brought on board. Hybride Technologies, a division of Ubisoft, and Rodeo FX also contributed to the visual effects music: hero by skrillet and digimon theme song. Some of the practical creature effect were provided by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
- The running time is 155 minutes.
- The film is rated PG-13 for action violence and language.
- The film is distributed by Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures, while being produced by Saban Films and Toei Company.
- In the anime franchise, DATS stood for Digital Accidental Tactics Squad, but the film, it was changed to stand for Digital Advanced Tactics Service.
- Pearce, Cudmore, Rose, Jo and Mears were the only actors in Digimon roles that were not in motion capture, they were put in make-up and costume.
- James Gandolfini was originally set to play Colonel Miles, but he sadly died of a heart attack on June 19, 2013. So the role went to Samuel L. Jackson.