The iconic City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia (Umbracle, the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, Hemisfèric and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía), a complex of impressive buildings designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, is due to host towards the end of this month the set of ‘Tomorrowland’, a science fiction film starring actors George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. Produced by Disney, this blockbuster film takes its name from one of the theme park’s attractions and is directed by Brad Bird, also director of Oscar-winning ‘The Incredibles’ and the last film of the ‘Mission Impossible’ series starring Tom Cruise. ‘Tomorrowland’ is a futuristic tale in which George Clooney, inventor and former child prodigy, joins forces with an ingenious teenager in search of a mythical place, lost in space and time. Hugh Laurie plays the villain in the film which was co-written by Damen Lindelof, perhaps best known for the television series ‘Lost’.
The appeal of the film is heightened by the world-renowned and prestigious actors who play the main roles, such as two-time Oscar winner George Clooney (for the Best Supporting Actor in ‘Syriana’ and again as producer for the film ‘Argo’) and British actor Hugh Laurie, two-time Golden Globe winner for his role as the genius and foul-mouthed doctor in the US series ‘Dr. House’.
The scenes to be filmed in the city of Valencia are said to total about 30 minutes. As a result of an agreement between Valencian institutions and Disney, some of the details and elements of Calatrava’s buildings featured in this Walt Disney Pictures film will soon be reproduced around the world in Disney’s theme parks.
Find out more about the setting of the City of Arts and Sciences used in the film.