After four long years, Brad Bird‘s directorial follow up to Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol hits theaters next month, and it looks wondrous. Tomorrowland stars George Clooney as Frank, a disillusioned boy-genius who teams up with Casey (Britt Robertson), a curious and optimistic scientifically-inclined teenager, to discover the secrets of the enigmatic place known as “Tomorrowland”.
Disney has released a new featurette for the film, highlighting Tomorrowland’s connection to Walt Disney and how Disney’s ever-hopeful vision of the future inspired the tone and content of the film. Clooney, Bird and co-writer Damon Lindelof explain the connection between Disney the man, his park, and their new film – and some archival footage of Disney himself reveals the visionary’s enthusiasm for the possibilities of the future, and how that passion inspired his creative life.
I’m extremely excited for Tomorrowland. Big budget original sci-fi is hard to come by these days, and the film’s ties to the Disney legacy make for an intriguing twist on the genre. Perhaps most exciting of all is the film’s optimistic approach to science and the future in a genre that’s become increasingly dour and pessimistic over the years. As Lindelof explains in the featurette, Disney’s visions of the future are things that could happen, but just haven’t happened yet.
Check out the new featurette below. The film also stars The film also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, and Thomas Robinson. Tomorrowland opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on May 22nd.
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