Casting report for Lindelof's Tomorrowland may confirm plot rumor

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Apr 19, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT (Updated)

A little over a month ago, we heard a pretty weird rumor claiming to be the convoluted plot for Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird’s upcoming sci-fi project Tomorrowland. Now a new casting note could’ve confirmed it.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, young actress Raffey Cassidy (Dark Shadows, Snow White and the Huntsman) has been cast in the mysterious flick as a “young girl robot who has been around for decades.” Cassidy joins George Clooney and Hugh Laurie in the project, which was previously known by the code name 1952.

Now, if that little point sounds familiar, it should — because it’s the crux of that rumored plot breakdown that made the rounds earlier this year. If you need a reminder, here’s the alleged plot pitch:

"A teenage girl, a genius middle-aged man (who was kicked out of Tomorrowland) and a pre-pubescent girl robot attempt to get to and unravel what happened to Tomorrowland, which exists in an alternative dimension, in order to save Earth."

It looks like it’s all starting to come together. Clooney is the man booted out of Tomorrowland, Laurie is the guy who kicked him out, and Cassidy is the girl robot. For fans hoping those initial rumors that the film would follow a 1950s UFO crash would turn out to be true, it sounds like we can officially put those to rest. 

Of course, that doesn’t change the fact that the plot synopsis is pretty, well, weird. But, like most complicated sci-fi flicks, it can sometimes be hard to boil down a high-concept plot in the span of one sentence.

If nothing else, this sounds like it could be a pretty cool combination of A.I. Artificial Intelligence with the heart of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. And with Bird in the director’s chair, it should at least look great.

Do you like the direction Lindelof and Bird are taking this flick?

(Via /Film)