Tron 3 After a Decade: Release Date | Plot | Cast – How Far We Know

We haven’t been back to Flynn’s Arcade in ten years (and change) since we were transported to a technological dream world scored by Daft Punk in Tron: Legacy, and we’re still wondering when we’ll be brought back. There has been discussion, talk, and plans for Tron 3 in the years since the release of the second Tron film, but no new film has been released. Is the project alive, dead, or trapped somewhere in the bowels of a computer program speeding through light cycles like hell to reach an eager audience?

Tron 3 isn’t some forgotten film that was announced before being yanked from under its feet. There have been several stars and stops, refreshes, and other changes in the ten years since it was initially presented. And, curiously enough, it appears like there is more activity in this ancient arcade game than ever before, despite the fact that the movie business is in turmoil.

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Tron 3 Prologue

It was rumored in late 2010, just before the release of Tron: Legacy, that Disney was considering bringing the brand back for a third film. There weren’t many details (and even if there were, what became Tron 3 underwent several revisions throughout the years), but Disney was on board. Much has changed since the disappointing sequel’s debut in December 2010, but the House of Mouse was still on board with the concept of extending the franchise for years to come only a month after the sci-fi action thriller hit theatres.

That excitement would last into the summer of 2011, when it was reported in June of that year that David DiGilio, whose most well-known success at the moment was the ABC fantasy drama series For Along Time, had been engaged to write a screenplay. Would it, however, stick?

For over four years, there was little news about Tron 3 until March 2015, when a Twitter account announced that the film will be titled Tron: Ascension, but that wasn’t all. Tron: Legacy filmmaker Joseph Kosinski was also slated to return to the director’s chair when the production began in October 2015 and ran until February 2016, according to the Production Weekly Twitter feed. Aside from the suspected title, production start date, and Kosinski’s involvement, little was known at the time. More information was on the way, but it wasn’t what anyone wanted to hear.

History behind Tron 3 returning

Disney Announced It Would Not Be Moving Forward With Tron 3 reported in May 2015 that the company was putting its Tron 3 plans on hold and re-covering the old arcade machine with a metaphorical tarp. There were no specific explanations offered for Disney’s decision to cancel the videogame-based sci-fi series, but the source did indicate that the company attempted to recruit Jared Leto before concluding that a deal couldn’t be struck.

The ancient arcade machine came back to life a little less than two years after the plug had seemingly been pulled on the Tron franchise with word that Disney was reconsidering terminating the property and instead wanted to go back to the drawing board with Jared Leto. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this new Tron film would not be based on the same script that was being developed years ago, but it would resuscitate one of the characters from the abandoned production, Ares, portrayed by Leto. At the time of the announcement, it wasn’t known how much of the Tron: Ascension script would be used or who else would be engaged in the project outside Jared Leto’s Ares. But, like with everything in Hollywood, Tron 3 would be a fluid production with many modifications in the works.

After a few years of silence on the Tron 3 front, things began to heat up in the summer of 2020, with a slew of fresh advancements in the long-delayed series. The Disinsider reported in July of that year that the Jared Leto-led Tron film (which has gone by the working title of Tron: Ares on and off over the years) was still in the works, and that it would be a sequel to 2010’s Tron: Legacy, allowing some of the cast members to return. While the report had a lot of specific information, the idea of the film being made at all after years of delays was a welcome sight.

In August 2020, Jared Leto posted and then erased a message indicating the title as Tron: Ares, adding to the mystery surrounding Tron 3’s real title. We were all left wondering what to call Tron 3 in an official capacity since Disney never acknowledged or disputed the Twitter blunder.

Tron 3 Plot

There isn’t much information available regarding the plot. Although it’s highly likely that actor Cillian Murphy would have played the villain, Edward Dillinger, Jr.

In an interview, Bruce Boxleitner stated that he expects Disney will “start the ball going next year,” and indicated that Dillinger Jr. will return: “Let’s just say…Cillian Murphy doesn’t make cameos.”

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Tron 3 Cast (rumored)

  • Sam Flynn is played by Garrett Hedlund
  • Alan Bradley is played by Bruce Boxleitner
  • Quorra is played by Olivia Wilde
  • Ares is played by Jared Leto
  • Edward Dillinger is played by Cillian Murphy, might be the bad guy

Tron 3 Release date

Another Tron sequel (the title might be Tron: Ares) is in the works at Disney. The announcement of a third film in the decades-old series comes ten years after the release of Tron: Legacy, which starred Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, and Jeff Bridges, a returning Tron veteran.

Unfortunately, there are no officially announcement of release date.

Still, we hope the sequel will hit in air in summer 2022. Let’s hope for the best.

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