What is Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland About? Here’s One Possibility…

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There is a lot of excitement around Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland”, the director’s follow-up to “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”. And why not? It’s got George Clooney as its star, and was co-written by “Lost’s” Damon Lindelof.

But what is “Tomorrowland” about?

Hitfix believes they knows, though fair warning, the site does preface their exclusive spoiler with a rather long take on movie spoilers as a way to hedge their bets that what they’re revealing is total butkus.

George Clooney in Solaris (2002) Movie ImageThat said, according to the site, plot descriptions for “Tomorrowland” that are being sent out to casting agents include the following plotline:

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.

But that’s not all! They go on to reveal these details about the movie (if true, that is):

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.

Pretty interesting ideas there. It also sounds a lot like a Pixar movie, to be honest with you, the kind Bird would direct for his old company if he hadn’t moved on to live-action. I wonder if that’s the genesis of the film in the first place? A planned Pixar movie?

And yes, Nix is apparently the villain of the movie. Boo!

George Clooney in Solaris (2002) Movie Image