Director Brad Bird has made The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which means virtually everyone is going to be interested in his next movie no matter what it's about or who is in it. But, so far that movie -- the sci-fi Disney project Tomorrowland -- has been shrouded in mystery. We know it's written by Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus) and Jeff Jensen (a former journalist), stars George Clooney and somehow includes Walt Disney's obsession with the future.
Now thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we not only have our first three images from the movie, but a host of fresh, surprising details about its plot.
The story is about a girl (Britt Robertson) who comes across a piece of mystery technology that allows her to see into some kind of vision of a futuristic place called Tomorrowland, which leads her to an old hermit (Clooney) who knows about this mysterious place.
"What Hogwarts is to magic, Tomorrowland is to science: They are both easy to find if you are a wizard and very difficult to find if you’re a Muggle," Lindelof teased.
It's not just fantasy influenced, though. Lindelof and his cowriter also looked to a piece of vintage Spielberg sci-fi for their tone.
“Another big influence for Jeff Jensen and I when we first started talking about this story was Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Somehow it was able to do what no modern movies are able to do, which is tell a story that doesn’t have a bad guy who is trying to blow up the planet, or giant robots fighting, or lots of karate -- though who doesn’t love karate? It was so not plot driven. It was just a pure discovery movie. It was pure "what if"? Just that idea of what’s going on here? What does this mean? That was a real jumping-off place for a movie like this.”
Okay, so we've got a Harry Potter-esque world of wonder combined with a Close Encounters-inspired story of people discovering something beyond comprehension, all directed by the guy who made The Iron Giant and The Incredibles? Let's just go ahead and fast forward to May 22, 2015, please.
Head to EW for more pics and details about Tomorrowland.