Brad Bird‘s follow-up to Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol has been behind a fair amount of secrecy since its initial announcement, but as the film begins principal photography that veil is starting to lift.

Tomorrowland stars George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, and is co-written by Bird, Damon Lindelof, and Jeffrey Chernov. Since it’s a Disney production the clear assumption has been that the story will share some connective tissue with their future-themed theme park land. Known for its glimpse into a “future that never was” it’s a world populated with steampunk aesthetics, people movers and other visuals expected by the prognosticators of the ’20s and ’30s.

A short synopsis for the film has just been released, and it almost sounds like the big-budget reboot of Real Genius we’ve always wanted.

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.””

Okay, maybe my Real Genius comparison is a bit of a stretch, but can’t you imagine Val Kilmer’s jaded former genius teaming up with that kid (who played the kid in the movie only to never act again except that he actually did according to IMDB) on a grand mission even more dangerous that the secret of Lazlo Hollyfeld’s closet? You just know Prof. Jerry Hathaway and/or Kent are behind it all.

But my dreams aside, this sounds like a fair amount of fun. Clooney reportedly plays the disillusioned and jaded adult to Britt Robertson‘s optimistic teen most likely leaving Laurie in the villain role. Bird has shown a deft hand at pairing big action with character, and his latest already looks to be one of next year’s most anticipated films.

Tomorrowland hits theaters December 12, 2014.

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