Tomorrowland from Disney, director Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol), and writer Damon Lindelof (Lost), has been a mystery to be unraveled since day one. The closer we get to the release date, however, the more we’re learning, and today brings a magical, adventure filled new trailer. This is a U.K. version, though there is supposedly also going to be a U.S. one as well. Check it out below.
While Disney’s upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and really everything Star Wars related, is shrouded in secrecy, it’s not the only mysterious feature the House of Mouse has in the works. Well before we lay eyes on J.J. Abrams’ adventures in that galaxy far, far away, director Brad Bird will take us to Tomorrowland. A new TV spot premiered during the Super Bowl yesterday, and while it doesn’t offer much in the way of concrete detail, it certainly does capture your imagination.
Enigmatic, but engaging, everything we’ve seen thus far from Tomorrowland promises big ideas, sweeping adventure, and George Clooney’s smooth, soothing voice. This includes our latest look at the Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol director’s singular vision. The more we see from the film, the more questions there seem to be.
One of the 2015 movies that we’re super excited for, yet know almost nothing tangible about, is Disney’s Tomorrowland. We know that the film played a big factor in director Brad Bird not helming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which seems like a pretty big deal, and though we’ve just seen the teasiest of teaser trailers, it looks mysterious and full of adventure. We’ll get another good look at the film during the Super Bowl on Sunday, and because this is the world we live in, we’ve got a quick look at this upcoming quick look.
In recent days, the Super Bowl has become the de facto marketing kick off for the upcoming slate of summer blockbusters (and as we all know, according to the studios, summer now runs from March or April to the first week of August). We know that we’re going to get fresh new looks at Jurassic World, Furious 7, Ted 2, Insurgent, and likely many more, including Tomorrowland.
It’s no secret that J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: Episode VII. In reality, that’s one of the few things outside of the cast and that Disney and Lucasfilm are actually making another Star Wars movie that we know for sure. This is the most high profile job in a career full of fairly prominent gigs, but while he’s the one who wound up in the director’s chair, he wasn’t the only one who had a chance to land this assignment. We’ve heard that Gone Girl director David Fincher turned down the job (or at least withdrew from the running after meeting with folks from Lucasfilm). We can add Brad Bird to the list of people who could have directed this movie, and now we know why. (You can’t help but assume that, if Episode VII winds up being terrible, this list of could-have-beens is going to haunt Star Wars fans for years to come.)
Bird may be most known for his animation work, directing movies like The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, though he also helmed Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol. But as big a fan of Star Wars as he is—he’s a huge nerd—the decision to pass on Episode VII is very simple and came down to a couple of factors: Tomorrowland and scheduling.
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.
Since 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: