The general moviegoing population is excited to return to the Avengers, Jurassic Park, and Star Wars universes – among other beloved cinematic worlds – in the foreseeable future. However, there are also new movie universes that shall be introduced over the remainder of 2015. That includes the setting for Tomorrowland, a sci-fi adventure inspired by the Disney park attraction and realized for the big screen by Oscar-winning filmmaker Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol).
Marketing for Tomorrowland has place a heavy emphasis on how Bird’s feature (based on a script that Bird co-wrote with Damon Lindelof) takes Walt Disney’s ideas for what the future might hold – and runs with them. Furthermore, the story spun from those concepts by Lindelof and Jeff Jensen was designed to be a hero’s journey tale for a new generation – as well as an optimistic antithesis to recent popular installments in the dystopia sub-genre.
Here’s a rundown of the main heroes in Tomorrowland:
- Britt Robertson (The Longest Ride) as Casey Newton, a “bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity.”
- Thomas Robinson as “boy-genius” Frank Walker, who grows up to become a brillitant inventor (George Clooney) “jaded by disillusionment.”
- Raffey Cassidy (Snow White and the Huntsman) as Athena, a mysterious girl (or is she?) who realizes that Casey is the key to saving Tomorrowland – “an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.”
Those characters – Casey, young Frank, old Frank, and Athena – are featured in a new set of Tomorrowland one-sheets. Meanwhile, the Mouse House has unveiled an IMAX poster for the film, which places the emphasis on the eponymous setting. You can look over those various posters, below.
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The visuals of the Tomorrowland IMAX poster in particular conjures up memories of movies such as The Wizard of Oz and the Star Wars property, further driving home the idea that Bird’s new film is a story about the joy of discovery, innovation, and hope for a better future – not a tale about what nightmares tomorrow could end up bringing (a la The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, Terminator, etc.).
There is no guarantee Tomorrowland will end up succeeding in this respect, but Bird’s filmography speaks for itself – and it’s pretty easy to root for a tentpole that wants to fill everyone with wide-eyed wonder, during a cinematic trip to somewhere we’ve never been before. Likewise, both the previews and the non-trailer footage that we have seen makes the movie seem like it could be a whole lot of fun, on top of all that.
Tomorrowland opens in U.S. theaters on May 22nd, 2015.
Source: Walt Disney Studios