Hitfix recently revealed some secretive plot details/leaks from the upcoming Walt Disney’s Tomorrowland project. The film, which will be directed by Brad Bird (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and written by Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, Cowboys & Aliens), will star George Clooney and Hugh Laurie.
The official description to help assemble the cast has been revealed as such:
“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.”
Here are some possible plot breakdowns regarding the roles involving Clooney and Laurie (according to Hitfix):
“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.
By the time we meet Frank in the film, he’s much older, and George Clooney is set to play the part. Nix is the role that Hugh Laurie is signed for, and by the point the main story of the film kicks in, 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.”
There have been much speculation about the more specific details of the film’s plot as Disney, for the most part, have been quite hush-hush. Originally called 1952, the film was renamed as Tomorrowland after one of the many theme lands located at the Disneyland theme parks. Pirates of Caribbean and Haunted Mansion were also films based on rides/sections of the theme park.
Starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, and directed by Brad Bird, Tomorrowland comes to Orange County theaters on December 19th, 2014.