Tomorrowland Writers and Cast Reveal Character Backstories and More Plot Details

Monday, 06 April 2015 - 12:58PM
Tomorrowland
Monday, 06 April 2015 - 12:58PM
Tomorrowland Writers and Cast Reveal Character Backstories and More Plot Details
Although the most recent TV spots and trailers have shed a little more light on Tomorrowland, the plot and characters of the film have remained relatively mysterious. But now, new press notes from Disney include detailed character backstories from the main cast members, as well as new plot details from writers Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof.

Britt Robertson plays Casey, an optimistic teenager whose father works for NASA, but is about to be laid off. According to Robertson, "She's this really smart chick who has always wanted to be an astronaut. It's her passion and what she and her father have bonded over. Casey has this drive to do big things and change the world; she wants the world to be a place that's full of hope and inspiration, but she doesn't know how to make it so."

George Clooney plays Frank, a disillusioned child genius whom Bird and Lindelof describe as possessing a "curmudgeonly humor." Clooney said of his character, "[Frank is] a disenchanted grump who was a bit of a dreamer as a young boy, a smart little scientist kid. Young Frank goes to a place that he thinks is the greatest in the universe and he believes the world is going to be much better off because of it. He finds out that those things were untrue and becomes probably the most cynical person one could be. He isolates himself on his family farm and plans to spend the rest of his life there but is forced to deal with his past because of situations that happen in the film."

Hugh Laurie also chimed in with some insight about George Clooney's Frank, as well as how he contrasts with Laurie's character, a scientist named David Nix: "Frank's idea was to create things that are fun, that make people's lives better because they bring pleasure and joy, and express hope. Nix is only interested in the more utilitarian platform of research; life for him is an endless scientific quest because he believes that man was put on this Earth to accumulate and develop knowledge."

And finally, there's Athena, the enigmatic little girl who recruits Casey to save the world. Actress Raffrey Cassidy, "Athena had been looking for a recruit and she is really hoping that Casey was the right person to choose because that was Athena's last pin. Casey has courage and determination and hope, and that is what Tomorrowland needs."

Lindelof and Bird also discussed their inspiration for the film. Tomorrowland was built in 1955, during an idealistic period in American history, followed by a shift to cynicism starting in the early 1970's. They wanted to write a film that would "recapture that earlier optimism," and then they found the "mystery box." According to the lore surrounding the film, this box was found in a closet in Disney Studios, and it contained decades-old models, blueprints, photographs, and letters that added up to plans for Tomorrowland and the 1964 World's Fair.

Of course, Lost alum Lindelof can't resist a random mysterious object, so this box also provided significant inspiration for the plot of the film: "I began to imagine that the contents of the box were a guide to a secret story that nobody knew. But if so, what would that story be? And the most obvious answer to me was that there really was a place called Tomorrowland that was not a theme park but existed somewhere in the real world."

Tomorrowland comes out in theaters on May 22.

Via Collider.
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