See George Clooney in First Images for Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof's Tomorrowland
Information on the Brad Bird/Damon Lindelof/Disney collaboration Tomorrowland has been scarce so far, especially considering that production wrapped all the way back in January, but now we finally have the first images from the mysterious sci-fi film.
Tomorrowland stars Under the Dome's Britt Robertson as Casey, a young girl who finds a mysterious pin while watching the disassembly of the launchpads at Cape Canaveral. When she touches the pin, she has visions of a better world that she's determined to bring to fruition. "There is a piece of technology in this pin, it's the kind of old-school pin you would wear on your lapel, and when you make physical contact with it, you have the illusion of being physically transported to another world, and that's how Casey gets her first glimpse of Tomorrowland," said Lindelof. "She is a Muggle who accidentally wanders across Platform 9 ¾ and sees something she probably shouldn't have."
Lindelof described the character as first and foremost an optimist: "You would think the younger you are the easier it is to be an optimist, but you are being fed a steady diet of dystopia. [Cape Canaveral] is closed for business. There are no launches anymore. But she still holds a candle, she still believes in this amazing future, that things can be better."
Her search for Tomorrowland leads her to Frank, a bitter, caustic failed inventor played by George Clooney.
Bird described the hermit-like nature of Clooney's character: "He's at this farmhouse, and it's probably the house he's grown up in. He hasn't done anything to it. He's done tech stuff inside it, but it's not a super cool bachelor pad. It's more like a guy who is retreating when something didn't go well."
Bird said of the character, "There's something about George. You can see the wheels turning in his eyes, and he reads as somebody who is very principled. He seems like a very pragmatic guy who also dreams, but he's not flighty. There's an integrity to him that you feel."
Lindelof further characterized the film as a successor to Harry Potter: "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."
Aside from Harry Potter, Lindelof claimed the movie was also partially inspired by 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."
Tomorrowland will be directed by Bird, known for his work on The Incredibles and Ratatouille, both of which earned him Academy Award nominations, and on Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. It will be written by Lindelof, who is known for his work on acclaimed television shows such as Lost and The Leftovers. It also stars Hugh Laurie, Kathryn Hahn, Tim McGraw, and Judy Greer. It is expected to be released on May 22, 2015.