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Judy Greer To Reunite With George Clooney In Brad Bird's Tomorrowland

It looks like 2014 is going to be a year of blockbusters for Judy Greer. Not only does she have Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes coming next summer (in which she will join Andy Serkis as one of the mo-cap apes), today Deadline is reporting that in December next year it looks like we'll be seeing her in the new film from director Brad Bird. The actress is now in talks to make a deal that would see her starring alongside George Clooney in the sci-fi adventures Tomorrowland - though much like the rest of the movie her role and how she fits into the story is being kept a closely guarded secret.

Scripted by Damon Lindelof, the film doesn't have a full plot synopsis available just yet, but through casting reports we've picked up bits and pieces and know that the movie involves a rebellious young woman named Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) who approaches an inventor (Clooney) to help her on a special quest. Hugh Laurie is set to play the movie’s central antagonist and Raffey Cassidy is going to play a “kid robot," but at this stage it's pretty impossible to tell how they will fit into the story. The trades have said that the project can be compared tonally to Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, This will actually be the third time that Clooney and Greer have worked together, having first both appeared in David O. Russell's war film Three Kings and then again in Alexander Payne's The Descendents.

Greer hasn't spent any time on the big screen thus far in 2013, last appearing in the Gerard Butler soccer comedy Playing For Keeps, but she has been keeping very busy on the small screen. In addition to appearances on Robot Chicken and Two and a Half Men, she also has a regular role voicing Cheryl Tunt on the animated series Archer and returned as Kitty Sanchez in the fourth season of Arrested Development. This fall she will be playing a key role in Kimberly Peirce's remake of Carrie. She is also attached to star opposite Oscar-winning Descendants co-writer Nat Faxon in a new untitled comedy series for FX.

Even beyond adding talented names to the cast list, this should be a very interesting week for Bird's new film. This weekend in Anaheim, CA, Disney fans will come from all over the globe to celebrate the bi-annual D23 Expo, and it's been confirmed that Tomorrowland will have a presence at the event. We have absolutely no idea what they'll be showing from the movie, as production on the film hasn't actually started yet. In fact, Lindelof just Tweeted earlier today that filming is getting underway this Friday:

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We don't know what they have in store, but we expect to be surprised.

Eric Eisenberg
Assistant Managing Editor

NJ native who calls LA home and lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran who is endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.