The details about Tomorrowland are closely guarded. Director Brad and co-writer Damon Lindelof have been careful to keep things under wraps, preferring to let the story speak for itself when the film comes out next year.
What has been announced, however, is that Hugh Laurie will be in the cast. The actor built his career in comedy, most notably working with Stephen Fry on series such as A Bit of Fry and Laurie, a slightly surreal, off-the-wall sketch show that ran for four seasons from 1989, before making the move to America, where he starred in House and became the highest paid actor in a television serial drama.
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The daughter of Eric Thompson, the creative force behind the British children’s television series, The Magic Roundabout, Emma Thompson went to Cambridge University, where she was a member and vice-president of the university’s acclaimed comedy troupe, the Footlights, along with other soon-to-be big names, Tony Slattery, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Clearly destined for a career on stage, she was signed by agent Richard Armitage when she was still an undergraduate.
After she left university, she co-starred with Robert Lindsay in a production of Me and My Girl, which Stephen Fry had rewritten. However, she was still predominantly known for comedy work, appearing on the British comedy sketch show, Alfresco, alongside Fry and Laurie as well as Ben Elton, and then appearing alongside the three when she guest starred in anarchic sitcom The Young Ones. She even had her own comedy show, Thompson. However, it was universally panned and she has never made another sketch show.
Thompson is mainly known for her film work. Her breakthrough role was in the Richard Curtis comedy, The Tall Guy, co-starring Jeff Goldblum, but then she turned her attention to more serious roles and won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Margaret Schlegel in Howards End. She later won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay when she brought Austen’s Sense and Sensibility to the big screen; she was also nominated for Best Actress for the movie.
Despite her major successes, Thompson remains firmly grounded and says that she keeps her award statues in the downstairs bathroom because she’s too embarrassed to display them more prominently.