Disney’s Tomorrowland will team up director Brad Bird with screenwriter Damon Lindelof for a mysterious science fiction family film. While there isn’t much known about the new Disney movie, production on the film is scheduled to begin today, targeting a December 2014 release date. Tomorrowland is one of Disney’s most well guarded film projects, with Bird and Lindelof taking cues from J.J. Abrams’ brand of mystery building. With Tomorrowland starting production in Vancouver, Canada, Disney also has finally released the film’s official synopsis…which really doesn’t shed light on anything.
In a press release from Disney, Tomorrowland is described thusly:
Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as Tomorrowland.
It’s believed that George Clooney (Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity) will play Frank Walker, the adult version of the “former boy-genius inventor” role, while actor Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) will most likely play Casey Newton, the bright teen in question. The synopsis really doesn’t give away much, but then again we aren’t expecting many of Tomorrowland‘s mysteries to be revealed until it hits theaters in 2014.
Hugh Laurie (House, M.D.) also joins Clooney and Robertson in Tomorrowland as the film’s antagonist, David Nix, and newcomer Raffey Cassidy (Snow White and the Hunstman) will play Athena the robot, one of Frank Walker’s inventions. Actor Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) is also rumored to be joining the cast, but her role is unspecified so far.
According to Damon Lindelof, the team was inspired to make the film by world-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. They wanted the film to inspire young people and get them interested in building a brighter tomorrow.
Lindelof also wanted to give some mythology to the Tomorrowland section of Disneyland. These days, Disney’s Tomorrowland is overrun with Star Wars, so he wants to help re-capture the magic of the future with Tomorrowland the movie.
A few weeks ago at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, Bird and Lindelof presented Tomorrowland to the Anaheim Convention Center crowd. The pair revealed items from the “1952” mystery box, as well as the film’s official logo. 1952 was the film’s working title before Bird and Lindelof settled on Tomorrowland. The mystery box in question was also the first clue about what the pair were working on and what ties it had to Walt Disney and Disneyland. To Bird and Lindelof’s credit, this was a great way to build excitement and awareness of the new film.
Tomorrowland will hit theaters everywhere on December 12, 2014.