Britt Robertson Snags Lead Role in Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’

By July 20, 2013

Britt Robertson hasn’t quite hit that level of mainstream recognition, but the young actress is well on her way. She starred in the terrific indie comedy The First Time last year, acted opposite Steve Carell in Dan in Real Life, and can now be seen on the CBS series “Under the Dome.” But all of that pales in comparison to her next project.

Disney has announced that the actress has secured the female lead in the highly anticipated and incredibly mysterious Tomorrowland, the new sci-fi project from Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird. Bird, who also directed the extremely well-received Pixar film The Incredibles, will co-write the screenplay with Damon Lindelof (“LOST”) and Entertainment Weekly’s Jeff Jensen, who met Lindelof while covering “LOST” for the magazine and contributing some of the more interesting fan theories about the show during its initial run.

We know the project is based on a mysterious box found in the Walt Disney archives labeled “1952,” but that the movie won’t necessarily take place at the titular theme park. George Clooney has been cast in the lead role, and “House” star Hugh Laurie is also involved, but the logline given is pretty vague about what we can expect:

In the film, a high school girl with an unconventional understanding of technology is launched on a journey to reclaim her future.

Your guess is as good as ours, but it seems as if Robertson is the main character in this movie and we’re glad to see her take on a much higher profile project like this. Seriously – check out her work in The First Time and you’ll see why she’s destined for great things. But with the air of mystery surrounding this project, I doubt we’ll get any more details for quite some time – unless, that is, they decide to unveil anything at the D23 Convention in Anaheim later this year. But with a December 12, 2014 release date penciled in, we’re guessing next year’s D23 is a better bet to find out more.

Are you familiar with Robertson’s work? Excited to see her take on something with some huge potential?

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