TomorrowlandÂ opens this week and for the intrigued who aren’t Disney Geeks, many questions have been asked about the mysteries of the film named after the land in the theme parks. And no, it doesn’t tell the tale of how much better it is to get a fast pass for Space Mountain than stand in line. The picture is the optimistic story of a young girl (Britt Robertson), who discovers a pin that transports her to a world of infinite possibilities, and enlists the jaded inventor (George Clooney) to find a way there and unlock their destinies. Director Brad Bird, star George ClooneyÂ and writers Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen, shared the origin of the ideas behind the film, and the mark it strives to leave in Disney’s legacy.
Tomorrowland Directed by Brad Bird
Written by: Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, and Jeff Jensen
Starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy Disney Pictures
Rated PG | Run Time 130 Minutes
Release Date: May 22, 2015
The mystery finally unfolds with the release of Disney’s Tomorrowland. Taking its name from the area in both California’s and Florida’s Disney theme parks, the speculation ends here in regards to whether the film is clever advertising, or a picture that speaks to the legacy of Walt Disney’s dreams for a sustainable world created by the world’s greatest minds. Jensen and Lindelof based the film on an idea of Disney’s original concept plans for an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, but with an added narrative based around the story of girl genius Casey (Britt Robertson), who finds a pin that shows her a futuristic place where it’s fun to do the impossible. After some internet research and nudging by an animatronic A.I. child named Athena (Raffey Cassidy), Casey arrives at the front door of former boy genius and inhabitant of Tomorrowland Frank Walker (George Clooney). Unable to convince him to show her the way to the place where rockets still fly and progress blooms, Walker gives in when secret animatronic agents are sent to eradicate them and attack his home. Also, this happens just as Casey discovers one of his inventions that forecasts the end of their world, and has a countdown ticking down the days. Before she finishes berating him for sitting there and doing nothing, they flee the happiest blaster-touting robots you’ve ever seen. And along with Athena, who reveals that something is broken in Tomorrowland, Casey and Frank discover that their creative minds make them dangerous to whatever took over the wonderful place, as they may be the only ones able to save it and the world.
Right after getting the first preview images and story details for Tomorrowland, the upcoming live-action feature based on the attraction of the same name that first opened at Disneyland in 1955 and is now found at multiple Disney theme parks around the world, a teaser trailer for the movie has been released online.
You can watch the trailer and read a full synopsis below.
Entertainment Weekly has a preview of Tomorrowland, which includes images and concept art as well as plenty of information on the story.
The movie comes from Walt Disney, The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird, and LOST, Prometheus, and The Leftovers creator/writer Damon Lindelof. It stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Hugh Laurie, and more.
Continue reading for more information about the movie and to see the new images and concept art.
Director Brad Bird has a thing for years, as it would appear. The two-time Oscar winning director of such animated hits as The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille, made his move to live-action pictures with news that he would direct 1906, a movie about the devastating San Francisco earthquake that hit that year. But before he got around to that movie, he decided to step away and direct the recent action blockbuster Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.
Bird is now adding yet another year-titled project to his to-do list. According to reports, the director will be teaming up with LOST co-creator and Star Trek and Prometheus writer Damon Lindelof for a super-secret science fiction movie set up at Disney that’s currently being called 1952.