Britt Robertson in 'Under the Dome'Kharen Hill/CBS/Getty

For a long time there wasn't a project in Hollywood as closely guarded as Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland," a forthcoming sci-fi epic that stars George Clooney and Hugh Laurie.

Initially given the codename "1952," it was eventually retitled "Tomorrowland," named after the iconic section of the Disney theme parks that celebrates the glittery optimism of the future (home to Space Mountain and the PeopleMover). Not much is known about the movie beyond fragments of plot, but things have become a little more transparent with this bit of casting news: Britt Robertson, the unreasonably adorable co-star of CBS's fabulous Stephen King series "Under the Dome," will play heroine Casey Newton.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Casey is "a high school girl with an unconventional understanding of technology who is launched on a journey to reclaim her future." Like everything else involved with "Tomorrowland," this sounds both incredibly cool and frustratingly vague.

From what we can gather, "Tomorrowland" revolves around an inventor (George Clooney) who was responsible for creating another world, the titular Tomorrowland. After he is thrown out of the world (by Laurie), he becomes depressed and inert, and it's not until a young robot girl (Raffey Cassidy) comes to Clooney and tells him about how bad things have gotten in Tomorrowland that he springs into action. The story is based, in part, on a file unearthed in the Disney archives.

Directed by "Incredibles" and "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" super-genius Brad Bird, and based on a screenplay by Bird, "World War Z" savior Damon Lindelof, and Entertainment Weekly columnist Jeff Jensen, "Tomorrowland" is scheduled to hit theaters (and blow minds) on December 19, 2014 -- a date that seems painfully far away right now. Anybody have access to a time machine? Maybe in Tomorrowland?

[via THR]
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