After years of speculation and development Tron 3 is finally moving forward. Disney is in early talks with Joachim Rønning to direct the film. Jared Leto, who has been vocal about his interest in the Tron franchise since 2017, is set to star. The script will be written by Jesse Wigutow. The movie, titled Tron: Ares, will be a sequel to the 2010 film Tron: Legacy.
Production on Tron: Ares is expected to start in August in Vancouver, with contracts for Rønning and Leto's involvement yet to be finalized.
Disney first released the original Tron in 1982, starring Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, a video game designer who is accidentally trapped in his creation. The film was praised for its groundbreaking visual effects but did not do well at the box office. The film did, however, develop a cult following over the years, which ultimately led to the creation of Tron: Legacy in 2010.
The sequel, helmed by Joseph Kosinski and starring Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, and Olivia Wilde, made $400 million at the global box office. Plans for a follow-up film with Kosinski at the helm fell through, and Disney found itself struggling to find a way to continue the franchise. Various iterations of Tron 3 have been in development in recent years, but none have come to fruition.
Rønning previously directed Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The Norwegian filmmaker recently completed shooting on the Daisy Ridley feature Young Woman and the Sea.
Leto recently appeared in the Sony film Morbius and the Apple TV+ series WeCrashed. He also has upcoming roles in Disney's Haunted Mansion and Darren Aronofsky's Adrift.