Though Brad Bird tweeted that Tomorrowland had started production shortly before he and writer Damon Lindelof showed up at Disney’s D23 event, it appears that the main start for the film is actually this week, with Disney making an official announcement about filming gearing up in Vancouver.
Also included was a brief, largely oblique synopsis, which feels in keeping with the movie’s shroud of mystery. If you’re looking to stay completely pure on that front, you’ll want to skip the next paragraph… “Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as ‘Tomorrowland.’” Intriguing! And, okay, you can look again.
What we do know for sure is that George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy and Thomas Robinson are starring, with Bird co-writing the script alongside Lindelof.
Bird will be keeping a careful eye to try to avoid leaks on the film – no easy task in today’s snap-happy, endlessly connected world. “You're always worried,” he told us at D23. “It's kind of like a heckler who yells out a punch line to some guy's well-crafted joke. It's never going to be as good as hearing it with all the care that you put into it. It's very hard to tell a story as well it should be told when everybody has devices that can record and post things on blogs. That's why I encourage anyone who loves storytelling to avoid reading spoilers online. Be excited about a movie, but if you like storytelling, why would you want that?”
Tomorrowland arrives here on December 26, 2014.