If it's crap ... We'll tell you
If there is one thing Brad Bird has learned from working with J.J. Abrams, it's how to cultivate an engaging mystery around a developing project. It was only recently that we learned that his latest film, the Disney sci-fi movie which had been enigmatically known as '1952,' would actually be called 'Tomorrowland.' Then, a mysterious box of artifacts prompted more speculation and debate. Notions of alien encounters have arisen in various theoretical analyses of that box. We know for sure that George Clooney has signed on to star, and today, another component of this bizarre puzzle of a film seems to be falling into place. Hugh Laurie ('House M.D.') is in negotiations to play the villain of the piece. Don't expect any details on this character to be revealed here. Pursuant to the general secrecy surrounding this project, all we are told is that he is the antagonist.
I think the best thing to do at this point, in regard to 'Tomorrowland,' is to stop theorizing. I've been just as guilty of it as anyone, as I have offered my own possible dissection of the contents of that box, and what hints it might have yielded. However, I think the sheer number of articles out there, articles that find writers striving to decode that mystical marketing artifact, is symptomatic of a movie-going culture that desires to know everything about the movie they are seeing before they even walk into the theater. Marketing firms have picked up on this and it's one of the main reasons we get trailers packed with spoilers. Perhaps it's actually a good thing that filmmakers like Bird are taking such elaborate steps to maintain a sense of discovery. All that being said, I love Hugh Laurie, and I think he's more than proven his ability to play antagonistic characters at this point. Whatever the specifics of his character, Bird is making a considerably wise choice here.
What do you guys think? Excited Laurie looks to be coming aboard? Are you fed up with all this mystery, or are you grateful the surprises are being protected?