Simply on pedigree alone, Tomorrowland is one of the films that has us most excited for summer 2015. The film is directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and is penned by Damon Lindelof (Lost). The first photos have arrived over at EW, including one mind-blowing piece of concept art, and we get our first taste of what to expect -- not only visually, but also plot-wise.
"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. Walt Disney is not a character in our movie, but he is referenced as having some involvement in this mysterious place called Tomorrowland, as a huge futurist and aficionado of space travel, rocketry, cities of the future, and space travel," Lindelof said.
Lindelof also teases that the entire story is set in motion when Britt Robertson’s Casey Newton finds a mystifying pin that when touched allows the holder to see the world of Tomorrowland.
"There is a piece of technology in this pin, it's the kind of old-school pin you would wear on your lapel, and when you make physical contact with it, you have the illusion of being physically transported to another world,” Lindelof added.
“That’s how Casey gets her first glimpse of Tomorrowland. She is a Muggle who accidentally wanders across Platform 9 3/4 and sees something she probably shouldn't have."
Bird chimes in and admitted that his lead is not quite sure what it is she’s looking at. "At first when she experiences this thing, she's not sure if it’s real or not. It's kind of like being hit by a dream and not sure whether the dream was a dream or real," Bird said.
We’ve also got our first look at George Clooney’s character, a recluse inventor who might just be able to help Robertson figure out what it is she has found.
"He's at this farmhouse, and it's probably the house he's grown up in. He hasn't done anything to it. He's done tech stuff inside it, but it's not a super cool bachelor pad. It's more like a guy who is retreating when something didn't go well,” Bird said.
“There's something about George, you can see the wheels turning in his eyes, and he reads as somebody who is very principled. He seems like a very pragmatic guy who also dreams, but he's not flighty. There's an integrity to him that you feel."
Look for Tomorrowland on May 22, 2015, also starring Kathryn Hahn and Hugh Laurie, and in the meantime, check out our favorite Bird movie and watch The Incredibles online.