The 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.
Now Tomorrowland might enjoy a healthier release date, but also keep in mind, the film is part of the bloated summer 2015 moviegoing season. The sci-fi family film will now open three weeks before The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is due in theaters on May 1, 2015, and a few weeks before Jurassic World on June 12 and the Assassin’s Creed adaptation on June 19. Summer 2015 will also feature Independence Day 2, Terminator 5, and Man of Steel: Batman vs. Superman (presumably not the final title).
Although Tomorrowland is dropping into a busy summer, it should still bring in an audience with George Clooney in the starring role as a former boy-genius inventor named Frank Walker. Considering that the new film’s story is not based on any existing property, comic book, or movie (although its title is based on the Disney theme park), the release date push shows that Disney has confidence in the film from director/co-screenwriter Brad Bird and co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof.
There aren’t many solid plot details surrounding Tomorrowland just yet, but here’s what we know:
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.
Damon Lindelof described the family film as a movie that will do the same for the Tomorrowland Disney theme park as the Pirates of the Caribbean movies did for the Disneyland ride.
Under the Dome’s Britt Robertson will play the film’s heroine, the teenaged Casey Newton; Hugh Laurie is set to play Tomorrowland‘s central villain, David Nix; while newcomer Raffey Cassidy will play Athena the Robot. Actors Thomas Robinson, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, and Tim McGraw are all set to appear in the film as well. Recently, Academy Award-winning film composer Michael Giacchino is handling the music duties. Giacchino previously worked on Brad Bird’s The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
Tomorrowland will hit theaters everywhere on May 22, 2015.