Disney’s $200-million-plus Tomorrowland wrapped five months of Vancouver area filming this week. The Brad Bird-directed sci-fi saga tells the story of how the technological promise of the 1964 New York World”s Fair developed in an alternate world but not in our own. Young boy-genius inventor (Thomas Robinson) visits this enigmatic place at the fair and meets its mayor (Hugh Laurie). Years later, the now jaded former boy-genius inventor (George Clooney) goes in search of it again, along with an optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) because this alternate world is crossing over into our own and causing havoc.
Some of this havoc was filmed on the massive gravel Kent Hangar field near the Fraser River on the border of Vancouver and Burnaby. Here is someone practicing zero gravity in an air tube last September. Could this be for Tomorrowland’s rumoured re-enactment of an Apollo launch?
The “40 set” below took up much of the north end of Kent Hangar field. Is it part of an Apollo spacecraft?
But the biggest and most mysterious Tomorrowland set had to be the one in the centre of the field below. Here’s a photo of it under construction in September. What is it? (Crew filmed some 1964 New York World’s Fair pickups with backgrounders in period costume on the blue screen in the foreground.)
Tomorrowland filmed on this massive set for several months and it was still in use this week. Others were torn down but only now is this set being dismantled.
As the weather turns unseasonably warm.
This is a Tomorrowland parking decal I spotted on a car in Yaletown.
Tomorrowland is expected in theatres on May 22, 2015.