Toyota is taking us Back to the Future with their upcoming featurette with actors Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd to present the new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car.
For now, we only get a teaser of the reunion between the two iconic actors who played Marty McFly and Doc Brown respectively in the ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy, as the five-minute long film is scheduled for October 21, which is the official on-sale date of Toyota Mirai (starting with California).
And if you haven’t figured it out already, October 21 is also the futuristic date first introduced in Back to the Future Part II film, while 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the original film.
“Over the years we’ve had a lot of fun predicting which Back to the Future fictional 2015 technology would arrive by the real year,” Michael J. Fox said. “Now that we’re a week away, I think fans are going to have a good time with what Toyota sees as a true possibility for transportation. It’s actually really cool.”
Now, if someone put you in a time-travelling DeLorean back in 1989 after seeing the movie and dropped you to today, you’d probably have mixed feelings, as many of the gadgets predicted in the film failed to materialize, but on the other hand, you’d probably be surprised by how well connected (and upset by…how disconnected) we are through those amazing devices we call smart-phones. No doubt, a visitor from the past would also be intrigued by fuel-cell technology, even if somewhat disturbed with Toyota’s design language…
“This Back to the Future-inspired milestone has taken 30 years to arrive, and Toyota has been developing hydrogen fuel cell technology almost that long,” commented Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager. “There’s no better way to generate excitement for a turning point in automotive history than with a film that celebrated the possibilities of the future.”