Jared Leto To Star In Tron 3; Production To Start In August
The sequel is called Tron: Ares.
Jared Leto has signed up to star in Tron 3.
Work on the third instalment in the sci-fi franchise is finally getting underway 13 years after the release of the sequel Tron: Legacy in 2010, which starred the 1982 original's lead actor Jeff Bridges alongside Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde.
The title of the third film will be Tron: Ares and reports suggest the script has been written by Jesse Wigutow while Maleficent: Mistress of Evil director Joachim Ronning is said to be in talks to direct the film for Disney.
Tron: Legacy hit cinemas 28 years after the original film, which told the story of a computer hacker who is transported into a computer program called the Grid and forced to take part in challenges.
It was directed by Joseph Kosinski (who would go on to make Oblivion and Top Gun: Maverick), but plans for him to helm the third instalment were scrapped in 2015 after years of development. A further attempt to revive the franchise in 2020 with director Garth Davis also floundered before getting off the ground again with a push from Leto, who is also listed among the third film's producers.
Besides the movies, there is also an animated series Tron: Uprising, which ran for 19 episodes in 2012.
Deadline reports production is slated to get underway in August in Vancouver, Canada ahead of plans for a 2025 release.
Leto was seen last year starring in the Marvel movie Morbius and during an interview with ScreenRant the Oscar-winning actor admitted he's a huge fan of big-budget Hollywood movies and was excited to get film fans back to cinemas after the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said: "I'm ... a sucker for a big fun popcorn movie. I think it's exciting that this [Morbius] is exclusively in theatres, and it's coming out April 1, at this time where we're having a little sense of normalcy in some parts of the world. I think that's really nice as well."
Tron, Tron: Legacy and Tron: Uprising are now streaming on Disney+— BANG SHOWBIZ
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