Director Brad Bird is working on an ultra secret new film, and with Lost and Prometheus writer Damon Lindelof also working on the film, the Internet has been having a bit of a meltdown trying to find out the films secrets. Disney are behind the film, which was originally called 1952. A short while ago the film was re-titled Tomorrowland, and given an expected release date of 19th December 2014.
The plot for the film has been a mystery, and originally it was thought the film would be about the building of a theme park, with some kind of alien involvement. Then came the photos of the mysterious box found in the Disney archives, and with that came further speculation as to what the film might be about. To read more on the theories of the box, click here.
However, with both Bird and Lindelof being very secretive, fans have simply been playing the guessing game about the films story. Many have also likened the film to a kind of Close Encounters of the Third Kind sort of film. Whatever the speculation, it would definitely appear to be a sci-fi film, and may, or may not include aliens. Today, however, a lengthy report by Drew McWeeney at Hitflix may have found our answer.
What we do know is that George Clooney is playing the lead role, and that Hugh Laurie has been cast as the villain. McWeeney has discovered not the films synopsis, but the description of the film being sent out to potential cast members. Here is what it says:
“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.”
So that is the description of the mysterious film. Is that what we expected? Probably not, however further digging in the report finds a very exciting back story for a man named Frank Walker (presumably this is the role Clooney is playing). The back story sets up what appears to be a truly amazing sci-fi film, and if what you read next is true, then Tomorrowland is indeed something to be VERY excited about!
“The “Tomorrowland” that they keep referring to in this break-down appears to be a place where science has blown past the world we live in, and when Frank Walker was a young man, he first encountered the promise of Tomorrowland at the 1964 World’s Fair. David Nix was there, showing off his own work, and he told Walker to come back when he was older and his inventions actually worked. A girl named Athena saw great promise in 11-year-old Frank, though, and she snuck him into Tomorrowland. Eventually, Frank was discovered by Nix and thrown out, but not before learning that the girl he loved, Athena, was actually a robot…
Nix has been the mayor of Tomorrowland for many years, and he’s become rotten, corrupt. Athena, unchanged since Frank was a young man, plays a key role in the film, and the hero is a girl named Casey who has a quick scientific mind that becomes important as the story unfolds. Nix is a guy who values technical accomplishment over creative thinking, and when he throws Frank out of Tomorrowland, he’s not alone. Every creative thinker is banished, allowing Nix to focus purely on aesthetics and technical advancement for its own sake.”
There’s interdimensional travel, human-looking robots, and a quest for revenge on the part of Frank. He is a bitter adult, and the film is not just about Casey’s adventure, but also about Frank rediscovering the kid he used to be. It sounds like young Frank actually plays a decent-sized role in the film, so we may see both timelines play out to some extent.”