Jared Leto is all set to star in the sequel to 2010’s Tron: Legacy after his supervillain flop Morbius. The actor will take the new role in the upcoming legacy sequel Tron: Ares, as reported by Deadline. The rocker has long been attached to the upcoming film after it was reported in 2017 that he would be starring in a Tron film as a new character named Ares.
Disney is producing the film after co-producing the previous two films in the series. However, Disney is reportedly in talks with director Joachim Rønning, who previously directed Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019), to direct the upcoming sequel.
Moreover, the outlet also reported that a crew is being assembled for the big-budget production, which is set to begin production in Vancouver, Canada, in August of this year. For the unversed, the film series began with the original Tron, released in 1982. The original Tron starred Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner and David Warner. The film was a huge hit and raved positive reviews from critics.
Additionally, Tron became significant due to its advanced visual effects, but its modest box office was considered a disappointment by Disney. Bridge played a video game developer and programmer who hacks into a powerful new virtual world in hopes of finding proof that an executive at his company has been stealing his work for years.
Bridges returned in 2010 for Tron: Legacy, with Garrett Hedlund playing his son who investigates his father’s disappearance by going into the much more advanced digital world. Meanwhile, Olivia Wilde was also featured in the film. However, it has not been revealed whether any of Tron: Legacy‘s main cast will return to the upcoming instalment or not.
The sequel was a massive success at the box office, grossing $400 million against a $170 million budget. However, initially, the third film was not confirmed until the 2017 news of Leto’s potential involvement. Lion director Garth Davis was reported to be onboard as director for the Leto-starring sequel in August 2020, as the outlet reported.