Walt Disney Pictures is distributing new movies releases from Marvel Studios and Pixar Animation in the forthcoming months, but also has an original project in fantastical sci-fi adventure, Tomorrowland. The Mouse House previously released a teaser trailer along with a Super Bowl preview for the film, but has now launched a full-length theatrical preview - one you can watch online now (see above), as well as attached to prints of Cinderella when it opens in the U.S. this Friday.
The marketing angle for Tomorrowland has thus far been to play up the mystery surrounding protagonist Casey Newton's (Britt Robertson) inadvertent glimpse at the eponymous world, when she puts on a pin that allows whoever is wearing it to see what Tomorrowland looks like. Co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof has likened the film to the Harry Potter series, having said "What Hogwarts is to magic, Tomorrowland is to science."
Tomorrowland's full-length trailer, similar to the New York Comic-Con preview footage we saw last year, offers a better taste of the movie's whiz-bang action sequences and shiny visuals, but without providing too much context for what's going on, at the same time. Some of the material included here was also shown at NYCC 2014 (see: the escape from Walker's house sequence) - though, this will be the first time that most people will have seen that footage.
The basic gist is this: Casey, after she puts on the pin and sees Tomorrowland, tracks down the reclusive inventor Frank Walker (George Clooney), who knows more about that other-worldly place than he would like to admit. However, it doesn't take long for Casey's actions to bring her and Frank unwanted attention from dangerous forces - and from there, well, their adventure really takes flight (literally, at certain times), with characters played by the likes of Hugh Laurie (House, M.D.) coming along for the ride.
Casey got left out of the recently-unveiled official Tomorrowland poster, which instead highlights Frank: both the older, curmudgeonly scientific genius and the young, wide-eyed boy that he was when he first visited Tomorrowland so many years earlier. Past rumors about the plot for Tomorrowland - from the script that Lindelof and Bird co-penned with EW contributor Jeff Jensen - indicate the movie will include smart (and timely) themes about creativity and pushing the limits of science - not just a rehash of what Interstellar had to offer on the subjects, either.
Combine that with Bird's having crafted action set pieces to match and/or exceed those from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - and the fun dynamic between Robertson and Clooney (whose relationship appears to serve as the film's "heart") - and Tomorrowland's looking quite promising. Who knows, maybe this movie will follow in the footsteps of Disney's first Pirates of the Caribbean installment and prove to be a critical/commercial smash success. We shall see...
Tomorrowland opens in U.S. theaters on May 22nd, 2015.
Source: Walt Disney Pictures