Details Revealed About Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’, Starring George Clooney

By October 8, 2014
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While it isn’t nearly as oft-discussed as upcoming Marvel films or the season’s Oscar-pandering biopics, there’s another movie set for release next year that we still don’t know too much about. Brad Bird, the man who directed The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, is teaming with writer Damon Lindelof for a mysterious sci-fi film called Tomorrowland that stars George Clooney and Britt Robertson and is set for release next May. Now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have a lot more information about the upcoming movie.

Here’s the official synopsis:

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

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EW shares that Robertson plays Casey Newton, a “Florida girl who dreams of the future while watching the launchpads of Cape Canaveral being disassembled.” When exploring, she finds a mysterious pin and when she touches it, she sees a futuristic world called Tomorrowland. I’ll let Damon Lindelof tell you about it:

What Hogwarts is to magic, Tomorrowland is to science: They are both easy to find if you are a wizard and very difficult to find if you’re a Muggle. Walt Disney is not a character in our movie, but he is referenced as having some involvement in this mysterious place called Tomorrowland, as a huge futurist and aficionado of space travel, rocketry, cities of the future, and space travel.

(Yes, he said space travel twice. Not sure if that’s some sort of mysterious hint, a slip of the tongue, or a typo on EW’s part.)

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The pin leads Casey to track down Frank (Clooney), “a hermit and failed inventor who knows more about Tomorrowland than he wants to tell.” Frank lives in a farmhouse, far away from society and the technology that he once loved, now a bitter, jaded man. We can assume that when they meet, things will change for both of them in a big way.

Lindelof talks about his influences when writing the script with co-writer (and EW TV critic) Jeff Jensen:

Another big influence for Jeff Jensen and I when we first started talking about this story was Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Somehow it was able to do what no modern movies are able to do, which is tell a story that doesn’t have a bad guy who is trying to blow up the planet, or giant robots fighting, or lots of karate—though who doesn’t love karate? It was so not plot driven. It was just a pure discovery movie. It was pure what-if. Just that idea of what’s going on here? What does this mean? That was a real jumping off place for a movie like this.

That’s refreshing to hear in today’s blockbuster-plot-heavy Hollywood, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Tomorrowland has to offer when it bows next summer. Head to EW to read more about it and to see a newly-released piece of concept art from the film. Are you excited about this one?

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