Two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird successfully made the transition from animated movie director to live-action filmmaker three years ago, when he released Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Expectations are therefore all the higher for his new project Tomorrowland, an original feature that partly takes inspiration from the history surrounding the development of the Disney park attraction of the same name. Aesthetically, the influence can be observed in the design of the eponymous world, as glimpsed very briefly at the end of the newly-released teaser trailer for Bird’s film (see above).
Tomorrowland tells the story of teenager Casey Newton (played by Britt Robertson), an unabashed science nerd who’s determined to pursue her big dreams, no matter what – something that occasionally lands her in trouble, as indicated by her being in a police station at the beginning of the first teaser. However, everything changes when Casey finds a mysterious pin that reveals the existence of a technologically-advanced world known as Tomorrowland. Casey learns more about this place when she encounters a reclusive inventor named Frank Walker (George Clooney), and together they set out to uncover Tomorrowland’s many secrets.
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What the Tomorrowland preview only begins to allude to is the film’s wistful optimism and spirit of discovery. In a time when storytellers often use the sci-fi genre to grapple with modern disillusionment about the current state of the world and what the future holds (something referenced in the real-world scenes from the Tomorrowland teaser), Bird’s movie offers a hopeful journey about the importance of exploration. That’s the idea behind the project anyway, according to Damon Lindelof (Prometheus), who co-wrote Tomorrowland with Bird and Jeff Jensen.
Tomorrowland opens in U.S. theaters on May 22nd, 2015.