Disney’s sci-fi film Tomorrowland from director Brad Bird and writer Damon Lindelof has been shrouded in secrecy since we first heard about the film last year. Originally titled 1952, the film was rumored to be about “alien contact”, but now we have an actual logline courtesy of Hitfix. Take a look after the break, it might surprise you.
A teenage girl, a genius middle-aged man (who was kicked out of Tomorrowland) and a pre-pubescent girl robot attempt to get to and unravel what happened to Tomorrowland, which exists in an alternative dimension, in order to save Earth.
Not what you were expecting, right? No UFOs or aliens here. This logline has been used for casting purposes, so it could be false, but Hitfix goes on to talk more about the film’s plot, including where some of the major cast fit in.
The “Tomorrowland” that they keep referring to in this break-down appears to be a place where science has blown past the world we live in, and when Frank Walker was a young man, he first encountered the promise of Tomorrowland at the 1964 World’s Fair. David Nix was there, showing off his own work, and he told Walker to come back when he was older and his inventions actually worked. A girl named Athena saw great promise in 11-year-old Frank, though, and she snuck him into Tomorrowland. Eventually, Frank was discovered by Nix and thrown out, but not before learning that the girl he loved, Athena, was actually a robot.
By the time we meet Frank in the film, he’s much older, and George Clooney is set to play the part. Nix is the role that Hugh Laurie is signed for, and by the point the main story of the film kicks in, Nix has been the mayor of Tomorrowland for many years, and he’s become rotten, corrupt. Athena, unchanged since Frank was a young man, plays a key role in the film, and the hero is a girl named Casey who has a quick scientific mind that becomes important as the story unfolds. Nix is a guy who values technical accomplishment over creative thinking, and when he throws Frank out of Tomorrowland, he’s not alone. Every creative thinker is banished, allowing Nix to focus purely on aesthetics and technical advancement for its own sake.
This sounds like a fun ride, so I’m excited. We’ll keep covering the film and its viral marketing, so stay tuned to see if we learn more. Let us know in the comments what you think about Tomorrowland’s plot.