April 18, 2013 1:23pm PT by Borys Kit
George Clooney's 'Tomorrowland' Finds Its Robot Child (Exclusive)
Raffey Cassidy, the English actress who played a young Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman, is set to star opposite George Clooney in Tomorrowland, Disney’s top-secret feature project being directed by Brad Bird.
The plot of the script is under lock and key, though it has been described as being in the vein of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Steven Spielberg’s 1978 movie about a man searching for extra-terrestrials on Earth.
Cassidy will play a young girl robot who has been around for decades. Also a key factor: She knows several fighting styles. She has a previous relationship with Clooney’s character, a bitter inventor.
Hugh Laurie is the movie’s antagonist.
Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof co-wrote the script with Jeff Jensen, an editor at Entertainment Weekly.
The pedigree of Bird and Lindelof, their standing in the geek community and the force field of secrecy enveloping the project have put Tomorrowland under the microscope in the fandom community.
The casting is a huge coup for Cassidy, who came out on top of a worldwide search.
In addition to her Huntsman appearance as a young Kristen Stewart, she also played a young Eva Green in last year’s Dark Shadows. She also appears in the British TV series Mr. Selfridge and plays the title character in the indie Molly Moon: The Incredible Hypnotist.
Cassidy is repped by Gersh, Luber Roklin, McKuin Frankel Whitehead, Shepherd Management in the U.K.