Disney’s upcoming film, Tomorrowland, has piqued many peoples curiousity. The trailers only lift the veil a little to show pieces of a sci fi adventure than feels a tad nostalgic while nudging on the future just a tad. The concept is intriguing, that’s for sure.
A few weeks ago, we got a chance to talk about the film, NASA and a couple extra tidbits like…will George become a father soon (watch the video!!). Here are 7 Facts About Tomorrowland From The Creators And Cast.
Though it was Damon Lindelof who thought of the concept of doing a Tomorrowland film, the story was created by Jeff Jensen, who was once an Entertainment Journalist/Editor (like Gillian Flynn of Gone Girl!).
Lindelof: I was really interested in the history of Disney, the Imagineers and the theme parks, particularly as it related to the World’s Fair. Jeff Jensen, who [previously] wrote about Lost extensively had the crazy theories that were much more imaginative than we as writers were coming up with. Also, I just felt like, tactically speaking, you should just hire critics and turn them over to your side. So if any of you guys have any ideas, I’d be happy to hear them after the press conference. Jeff and I always had a love for the same stuff. We’re both fanboys and he started just talking about this idea and I was able to recruit him.
Tim McGraw didn’t need to look further than his own life for his character, especially when it came to being a dad of a daughter.
McGraw: I was thinking of the scene we were shooting in the car. We had a long conversation in the car. We’re talking about life and talking about guys. It was pretty reminiscent of some of the conversations that I’ve had with my daughter. In fact, I had to be upset in that scene and I just had been upset with my daughter the night before about something, so it drew a lot of parallels for me.
But George Clooney didn’t necessarily relate to his character…
Clooney: When Damon and Brad showed up at my house, they said, “We’ve got a part we’ve written for you.” And then I opened up the description of the character, a 55-year-old has been. I’m kind of going, “Wait, hey, hey, hey, hang on a minute. Which part am I reading for?
Lindelof: Genius, a genius!
Clooney: A former genius, boy genius who’s gotten bitter in his old age.
One of the youngest cast members, Raffey Cassidy, had her hands full with her costars George Clooney and Britt Robertson, she kinda was the mom on set!
Robertson: Well, I think Raffey played mom a lot, especially with George and I. She was constantly just trying to keep us focused. Funny enough, that’s how she is in life too, and not intentionally but she’s so professional and so focused herself, I oftentimes would look over and be like oh, yeah, okay, right, this is what we’re doing. This is what we’re doing. But we had so much fun together and we had such a great time, we spent a lot of time together just between stunt training and then obviously filming the movie. So I think our dynamic offscreen probably helped a lot of our chemistry on screen as well.
Q: Raffey, were you trying to be a mom?
Cassidy: Well, I tried my best.
Brad Bird has special memories of NASA and the Endeavor Space Shuttle.
Bird: I grew up, and I remember the moon landing. I remember how that felt. I was actually in the air when they were about to get out on the surface. We were flying in from Denver and I was like, “I’m gonna miss it, I’m gonna miss it.” Fortunately there were some kind of technical errors, and we landed in the airport and we ran to the nearest TV monitor and there was like 400 people just packed in watching when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. And everybody just went wooooooo. That feeling has never left me. When we were first planning the movie, Damon and I, we were at Disney and the space shuttle took its last circle over LA. And everybody came out and watched it. There was this weird feeling of pride mixed with great sadness, like we’re not doing that anymore and why aren’t we? So, a chance to shoot at NASA was fantastic and to be on this launchpad where so many really noble journeys started. We got to watch a launch from the launchpad which was one of of the coolest moments on the film.
Britt Robertson also has some special sentiment and memories with NASA.
Robertson: Yeah, for me, I think NASA also represents a very specific hope. And it sort of ties in with the movie in a symbolic way. NASA represents this unknown and the human race as being able to explore the universe and other things that are out there. I think that’s sort of in line with the movie in terms of theme. We’re talking about a movie that’s saying we don’t know what our future is. It’s not determined for us, and maybe if we go out there and explore the world, maybe if NASA wants to go and see what else is out there, then maybe that’ll have some helpful part in making our future something to be excited about.
George Clooney considers himself an optimist and sees the film as hopeful.
Clooney: What I loved about the film was that it reminds you that young people are not born and start out their lives cynical or angry or bigoted. You have to be taught all of those things. I watch the world now and think well, I see really good signs from young people out there and I feel as if the world will get better. I’ve always been an optimist. I’ve been a realist but I’ve been an optimist about it. I really related to the film because Brad and Damon want to tell a story that’s an entertainment because first and foremost, it has to be an entertainment, but that is hopeful.
Oh and that video where George answers about if he wants to be a dad soon… here you go!
Tomorrowland opens May 22nd and is rated PG