Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first images and plot details for Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland. Here’s what writer Damon Lindeloff had to say about the film:
“What Hogwarts is to magic, Tomorrowland is to science: They are both easy to find if you are a wizard and very difficult to find if you’re a Muggle, Walt Disney is not a character in our movie, but he is referenced as having some involvement in this mysterious place called Tomorrowland, as a huge futurist and aficionado of space travel, rocketry, cities of the future, and space travel.”
The EW article goes on to reveal that the film follows Casey Newton (played by Britt Robertson) who finds a mysterious pin, which when touched reveals the place known as “Tomorrowland.”
“There is a piece of technology in this pin, it’s the kind of old-school pin you would wear on your lapel, and when you make physical contact with it, you have the illusion of being physically transported to another world, and that’s how Casey gets her first glimpse of Tomorrowland. She is a Muggle who accidentally wanders across Platform 9 ¾ and sees something she probably shouldn’t have,” Lindeloff said.
Ok, enough with the Harry Potter analogies.
“At first when she experiences this thing, she’s not sure if it’s real or not,” Bird said. “It’s kind of like being hit by a dream and not sure whether the dream was a dream or real.”
Casey’s discovery of the pin and the futuristic vision it projects leads her to George Clooney’s character, Frank Walker, a hermit and failed inventor who knows more about Tomorrowland than he wants to tell.
“He’s at this farmhouse, and it’s probably the house he’s grown up in,” Bird said. “He hasn’t done anything to it. He’s done tech stuff inside it, but it’s not a super cool bachelor pad. It’s more like a guy who is retreating when something didn’t go well.”
Tomorrowland is scheduled to arrive in theaters May 22, 2015, the Disney mystery adventure also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Raffey Cassidy, Thomas Robinson and Kathryn Hahn.