Tomorrowland has been purposefully secretive from the off, which makes sense considering it is about a secret city full of secret technology and secrets generally. Now, though, as the release draws closer, more details are coming to light.
Like Pirates Of The Carribbean before it, Tomorrowland was inspired by a Disneyland theme park zone, but Brad Bird's big budget science fiction spectacular is so much more than a quickie crossover. "I would say it's inspired by a Disney frame of mind," says Bird. "Walt Disney was an environmentalist, a naturalist, a progressive thinker when it came to the future."
The film follows Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), a troubled young woman who is getting out of a police lock up. Included among the personal items returned to her is a mysterious pin she doesn't recognise – one that appears able to transport her to the titular world, a place where, so we're told, "nothing is impossible." Cue a quick trip to Tomorrowland, where jetpacks are possible and the futuristic landscape spun from Walt Disney's past and visions of the future.
Confused by what is happening, she seeks out the one person who might know a lot more about it, Frank Walker (George Clooney), a man known more for being a failed inventor than anything. When she turns up at his isolated house, she quickly learns he has a whole lot more than that, and that he has been waiting for someone like her.
Soon, dark, militaristic forces are closing in, and Frank must help Casey get to the one place he thinks she can do the most help – Tomorrowland. But can she fix the future? And what part does the mysterious David Nix (Hugh Laurie) play?
Tomorrowland: A World Beyond is certainly shaping up to be an adventurous, spectacular film, hopefully with a script – from Damon Lindelof (Prometheus) and Jeff Jensen – to match.
Tomorrowland, which also stars Judy Greer (Carrie), Kathryn Hahn (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty), Hugh Laurie (House M.D.), Pierce Gagnon (Looper) and Keegan-Michael Key (Let's Be Cops), arrives in the UK on 22 May.