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.
Yesterday, Disney historian Jeff Hill speculated that the plot of Tomorrowland could feature Walt Disney’s involvement with the U.S. government, possibly as part of a plan to reveal the truth about UFOs to the American people. If Hugh Laurie takes the villain role in Tomorrowland, and George Clooney ends up playing Walt Disney, then perhaps Laurie would play some sort of government or military official.
Tomorrowland is set for release on December 19, 2014.