Tomorrowland Casts Under The Dome’s Britt Robertson As The Female Lead

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Britt RobertsonThe secretive sci-fi film project Tomorrowland is still in pre-production as director Brad Bird and screenwriter Damon Lindelof continue to fill out the cast. George Clooney stars as Frank Walker, a grizzled inventor; Hugh Laurie plays the film’s villain, David Nix; and newcomer Raffey Cassidy is slated to play a robot, Athena, central to the plot. The film has been shrouded in mystery, but it’s expected to be one of Disney’s biggest releases in 2014. The cast of Tomorrowland must be damn near finished, especially now that Under The Dome actor Britt Robertson has been cast as the female lead.

According to Cinema Blend, Robertson will follow up the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s best-selling novel by appearing in Bird’s film. Her character is named Casey Newton, and is described as “a high school girl with an unconventional understanding of technology” who “is launched on a journey to reclaim her future.”


Damon Lindelof Drops Some Tomorrowland Details

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LindelofThe much-anticipated Tomorrowland, a new science fiction film from director Brad Bird and writer Damon Lindelof, has sparked the imagination of both Disney aficionados and sci-fi genre fans. Although there is stll not much known about the film, Lindelof has revealed that none of the movie Tomorrowland will take place in the actual theme park of Tomorrowland.

In an interview with Grantland, Damon Lindelof talked about this film’s inspiration and how it will fit into Disneyland’s mythology. Over the past decade, Disney has used their thrill rides as the basis for several feature-length films, including Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, and the still-in-the-works 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea from director David Fincher. Although the theme park Tomorrowland doesn’t have a narrative, the movie version will feature aspects of the futuristic setting. Here’s Lindelof:

I’ve always been fascinated by Disneyland and Disney World, and my favorite part of the park was always Tomorrowland. But there’s no story there. Like, if you go into Fantasyland, there’s just story happening all around you everywhere, whether it’s sort of a direct kind of connection to a movie that you know or a fairy tale that you know, and the same with, like, Frontierland, or when you go in the Haunted Mansion. My son, who’s 6, when he went on Pirates of the Caribbean for the first time, Jack Sparrow is a part of that ride. He’s going to see the movies in two years, when he’s old enough, and he’s going to think that the movies were the inspiration for the ride, versus the other way around. I would love to do that for Tomorrowland, you know? I would love to give Tomorrowland a story, because right now, Tomorrowland is kind of being taken over by Star Wars — which is great, but it’s called Tomorrowland.


Brad Bird On Why He Turned Down Star Wars: Episode VII

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Brad BirdBefore J.J. Abrams was crowned as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII, there were many other genre directors rumored for the coveted job. Star Wars fans wanted the likes of Guillermo del Toro, Edgar Wright, or Joss Whedon, but ultimately the Mouse House went with Abrams. Another very popular fan choice was director Brad Bird, who turned down the job to direct the upcoming Tomorrowland instead.

In an interview with THR, Bird reveals why he said “no” to Lucasfilm and the Star Wars job. Apparently, Disney did approach him, but he declined their offer because of scheduling issues. Bird explains:

They did come to me. But the problem was, the schedule they had in mind made it impossible to dounless I dropped Tomorrowland. And I was just really deeply into this film at that point. It’s easy to say, ‘Just put it on hold.’ But you’re moving now; you don’t know if you’re going to be able to move later. Maybe it’s true of filmmakers like Cameron or Spielberg, but I have to act on momentum. We had reached a critical mass where it would’ve thrown the furniture around from the train stopping. I really want to see this movie. I love the Star Wars films, and I can’t wait to see what J.J. does, but it meant I’d have to shut down one dream to participate in another. I feel like [with Tomorrowland] we’re making something that’s really special and unique.


Tomorrowland Casting Confirms Plot Rumors About Brad Bird’s Next

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RaffeyBrad Bird’s upcoming science fiction film Tomorrowland has been shrouded in mystery from the word go. Initially operating under the codename “1952,” Tomorrowland is being scripted by former Entertainment Weekly editor Jeff Jensen and Damon Lindelof — good or bad news, depending on your thoughts about Lost and Prometheus. It’s been the subject of much speculation and more than a little detective work, but now a new casting announcement confirms some of the plot details that were previously rumored.

The Hollywood Reporter says young Raffey Cassidy, who has appeared in Snow White and the Huntsman and Dark Shadows, has been cast to appear opposite lead actor George Clooney, and Hugh Laurie as the villain. Here’s how THR describes her role:

Cassidy will play a young girl robot who has been around for decades. Also a key factor: She knows several fighting styles. She has a previous relationship with Clooney’s character, a bitter inventor.

It sounds like we may be getting a little girl character in the vein of Firefly’s River Tam: unimposing physically, until she kicks your ass all the way across the room. It’s still hard to get a gauge on the tone or feel of this movie, since everything we know about it is pretty strange.


Tomorrowland’s Story May Be A Lot Stranger Than We Thought

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A few months ago, when Damon Lindelof tweeted a mystery box with a label that read “1952,” many people wondered what was inside of the box and how it related to his next project with director Brad Bird. A few weeks later, Disney announced the name of the unknown film would be Tomorrowland. Ever since, many have speculated what the film would be about, considering the mystery behind the project and the idea that it would have something to do with UFOs.


Are we getting closer to finding out what is Tomorrowland? According to Drew McWeeny of HitFix.com, he has a good idea about the film’s premise and states that previous speculation about Tomorrowland is completely false. If you recall, Disney historian Jeff Hill claimed the film would be about Walt Disney’s involvement with the U.S. Government’s cover up of UFO sightings, but that might not be the case. McWeeny obtained the film’s logline from his inside sources. The logline was purely for casting reasons, but McWeeny believes that this is the key to Tomorrowland. Read the logline below:

“A teenage girl, a genius middle-aged man (who was kicked out of Tomorrowland) and a pre-pubescent girl robot attempt to get to and unravel what happened to Tomorrowland, which exists in an alternative dimension, in order to save Earth.”


Hugh Laurie Could Play The Villain In Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland

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There is still a lot unknown about the latest film project from Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof. It was only a few weeks ago that Disney announced the film’s official title, Tomorrowland, after previously referring to it as simply “1952.” We don’t even know for sure what the movie is about, but today there is some rare concrete news: actor Hugh Laurie may play the film’s villain, opposite George Clooney as the lead.

The news comes from THR, who says negotations are underway between the Mouse House and the former House, M.D. The plot of the film is a closely guarded secret, but co-writer Damon Lindelof said the new film would be in the same vein of Steven Spielberg’s 1978 classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Hugh Laurie gained fame and recognition portraying Dr. Gregory House on the Fox TV series House from 2004 to 2012. The 53-year-old actor received two Golden Globe awards, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and six Emmy nominations for his performance in the iconic role. Laurie also has an accomplished music career as a jazz and blues musician.

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