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Tomorrowland Shows Off A Mysterious New World In Gorgeous First Trailer

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Since his death, Walt Disney has gone from man to legend in most people’s minds, regardless of where his final resting place is. (He’s not frozen, people.) Brad Bird’s upcoming sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland is a tribute to Disney’s biggest and brightest ideas, and that childlike feeling of wide-eyed discovery is at the center of the film’s gorgeous first teaser trailer.

The first chunk of the video involves Britt Robertson’s Casey Newton being released from a police station and grabbing her stuff. Mixed in with her possessions, though, is a magical pin shaped like a “T.” It isn’t hers, but when she touches it, the item transports her to a world beyond the one we live in. Sure, it’s just a field at first, but that field would be the scariest place in the universe if you just instantaneously found yourself there after talking to a cop.

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Tomorrowland Images And Plot Details Open Up The Mystery Box

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TomorrowlandSince the very beginning, Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland has been a project shrouded in mystery. We’ve had a vague idea of what he story entails, as well as who most of the primary players involved are, but aside from that, Disney has kept a tight lid on this one. But now we have a few official stills from the movie, and Bird and writer Damon Lindelof have shared a few additional details about the story and what the overall film looks like.

The larger story plays into the mythos and legend of Walt Disney, who was notorious for his fascination with all things futuristic. Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Lindelof compares Tomorrowland to another visionary franchise, Harry Potter. He says:

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George Clooney Teases Tomorrowland

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ClooneyWhile George Clooney is enjoying the spoils that come with starring in an Academy Award-nominated film such as Gravity, the 52-year-old actor is also getting ready to release his own film, The Monuments Men, which he wrote and directed, and which hits theaters on February 7. Clooney is currently shooting the science fiction family film Tomorrowland for director Brad Bird. Earlier this week, George Clooney participated in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) where he talked a bit about the new Brad Bird movie.

Tomorrowland doesn’t come out for another year and a half, but it’s likely that it will be a welcome addition to Disney’s lineup of science fiction family films such as Flight of the Navigator, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and The Black Hole. While it comes to no shock that Tomorrowland will feature a lot of CGI backgrounds and characters, the thought of Clooney in a harness is quite comical to me. Clooney wrote:

I’m on set and literally have a harness on right now. I was late, because right before I was hanging from about 30 feet over four different blue screens. So as we’re talking now there are all these wires and contraptions hanging off of me. It’s really, really, really good and Brad’s a wonderful director, and a wonderful guy with a wild imagination. And if I don’t screw it up it’ll be a terrific film. Everybody’s really good in it. Anyway, you always have to be careful what you say about these films so I don’t want to sort of ruin it by telling you that everyone dies in the end. Oops, I’ve said too much.

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Damon Lindelof Talks Tomorrowland Develpment And His Favorite Part Of The Mystery Box

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Damon LindelofWe’ve heard Damon Lindelof’s name bandied about a bit recently, mostly in regards to his TV work, what with the Lost ten year anniversary going down this year, and his new, rapture-themed series The Leftovers coming up on HBO. But just in case you forgot, or were trying to block it out, he’s also staying busy on the movie side of things. He co-wrote on the script for Brad Bird’s mysterious Tomorrowland, and offered a small update on the progress of that film.

Talking to Fred Topel at the recent Television Critics Association shindig, Lindelof discussed working with Disney, what he included in the script, and the notorious “mystery box.” Tomorrowland is, in a way that is not entirely clear at the moment, based on the Disneyland them park that bears the same name. Though Mickey’s puffy white hand is firmly on the controls, Lindelof said he was never under any pressure to force certain pieces of the Disney mythology into the movie.

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Tomorrowland Might Feature Walt Disney’s Carousel Of Progress

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Brad Bird's The Carousel of ProgressNow that Tomorrowland is part of the giant summer movie slate of 2015, there is more and more pressure for the science fiction family film to perform well at the box office. Considering that the Brad Bird-directed movie isn’t based on an existing property or comic book, and it’s not part of a popular film franchise or sequel, it could be tough to convince general audiences to show up for this one. Disney hopes that Bird, writer Damon Lindelof, and star George Clooney are enough of a draw. Bird recently tweeted a picture of himself in front of a clue that might be the key to unlocking the mysteries of Tomorrowland’s.

Brad Bird took a picture in front of the Carousel of Progress poster at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The Carousel was part of Disney’s World’s Fair presentation in New York City in 1964, and is also a current attraction at Disney World’s Tomorrowland theme park.

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Tomorrowland Pushed To Summer 2015

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TomorrowlandThe Walt Disney Company has made a lot of big headlines in the last few days. First was the announcement that Disney and Marvel would partner with Netflix to create four new TV shows based on Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, culminating in a mini-series based on The Defenders. Then came word that Star Wars: Episode VII would release on December 18, 2015. Now Disney is pushing another one of its most anticipated family films to a later, but more appealing, release date.

As reported on FirstShowing, Disney will push the release of Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland from December 12, 2014 to May 22, 2015. It’s assumed this would’ve been the original release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, before production stalled and script problems got the better of the filmmakers. Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend is usually reserved for the release of a new Star Wars movie, but now Tomorrowland has the coveted spot.

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