Tomorrowland, formerly known as 1952, is a project shrouded in mystery. We really have no clue what its about. All we have is a title and this mystery box that director Brad Bird and writer Damon Lindelof keep referring to.
But HitFix is reporting that they’ve gotten ahold of the official description that’s being used during the casting process. After all, prospective actors need to know what they’re getting into. So here it is:
“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.”
Before we go on to break down the story even more, it’s important to note that HitFix says there is a chance this is a fake logline by Disney to thwart potential leakers. So keep that in mind.
The story starts with an 11-year-old boy named Frank Walker, who visits the 1964 World’s Fair and encounters the promise of Tomorrowland. A guy named David Nix, played by House’s Hugh Laurie, is there showing off his work. He tells Walker to come back when he’s older and when his little inventions actually work. So Walker isn’t allowed into Nix’s Tomorrowland.
A young girl named Athena sees promise in Walker so sneaks him in. But he’s kicked out when Nix finds him. It’s at this point that Walker has a sort of puppt love for Athena, but she’s actually a robot. After all, this is a Tomorrowland – so robots are expected.
We then fast forward to when Walker is grown up, and played by Clooney. Tomorrowland has disappeared. Nix has become corrupt and evil, kicking out all the engineers and scientists in Tomorrowland and working on technological advancement for the sake of advancement.
Clooney meets up with Athena and a smart, young teenage girl named Casey set out to find Tomorrowland. Clooney plays a bitter guy that’s out for revenge for having been kicked out of Tomorrowland. Of course, he probably rediscovers what it’s like to be a kid.
So what do you think? I was definitely wrong. This has nothing to do with Walt Disney or the creation of the theme park land. But it is an interesting idea that would bring life to Tomorrowland at Disney Parks. Also, it sounds a lot like video game BioShock.
If this is all true, I’m certainly stoked for it. Despite Damon Lindelof’s problems, he’s so good at creating worlds (LOST). And Brad Bird has storytelling down (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant) and has a flair for science fiction. Plus, he can craft some exciting live action (Ghost Protocol). And then there’s George Clooney.
Tomorrowland is set to release on December 19, 2014. [HitFix]