New Tomorrowland details emerge in Disney-released press notes
The buzz around Disney’s upcoming Brad Bird-directed film, Tomorrowland is going strong, while many questions about the film still remain. Lucky for us, Disney has released press notes, which answer some questions surrounding the film and characters.
On George Clooney’s Frank Walker, and Britt Robertson’s Casey Newton:
According to co-writer Damon Lindelof, the main character of Frank Walker was always described as ‘George Clooney-esque.’ ‘Whenever we would talk about actors for Frank, the thinking was: who’s like Clooney?,’ recalls Lindelof. ‘We crossed our fingers and did our best job of writing it, infusing Frank with a curmudgeonly humor and a heroic quality, all of which we think George embodies. And then we sent it off into the universe.’
Luckily for them, it paid off. Clooney describes his character as a ‘disenchanted grump who was a bit of a dreamer as a young boy — a smart little scientist kid. Young Frank goes to a place that he thinks is the greatest in the universe and he believes the world is going to be much better off because of it. He finds out that those things were untrue and becomes probably the most cynical person one could be. He isolates himself on his family farm and plans to spend the rest of his life there but is forced to deal with his past because of situations that happen in the film.’
Britt Robertson plays Casey Newton, the daughter of a NASA engineer (Tim McGraw) who is about to be laid off now that the space program has been all but shut down. Of Casey, Robertson says, ‘She’s this really smart chick who has always wanted to be an astronaut. It’s her passion and what she and her father have bonded over. Casey has this drive to do big things and change the world; she wants the world to be a place that’s full of hope and inspiration, but she doesn’t know how to make it so.’
And all those filming locations:
For the farm and its cornfields, the team shot in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, where crops were grown specifically for filming. The Alberta farmer was even paid to grow a specific winter wheat for its shade of color to suit Bird’s vision for the film.
All in all, it’s said there are over 90 combinations of sets and locations used for Tomorrowland including those mentioned above as well as Paris, the Bahamas and Disneyland. Given the content of the film, the crew also managed to shoot at Launch Pad 39 at NASA’s Cape Canaveral.
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