The third Tron film is finally moving ahead – and with an Australian filmmaker at the helm.
Set to direct Disney‘s long-gestating film, which has had Oscar winner Jared Leto circling the lead since 2017, is Garth Davis. It will certainly be a change of pace for the filmmaker, whose previous credits are far from the studio blockbuster realm – Lion, Mary Magdalene, and series Top of the Lake. That’s why, as reported by Deadline, “Davis aggressively pursued the job, eventually winning over execs.”
Leto took to social media to confirm that the film was going ahead with him in the lead.
“I’m struck with such gratitude for the opportunity to bring this movie to life, especially as both the original video game and the film affected me so deeply as a young child,” Leto posted. “We have some very special ideas in store for you all.”
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I’m struck with such gratitude for the opportunity to bring this movie to life, especially as both the original video game and the film affected me so deeply as a young child. The fact that I get to be a part of this new chapter is mind-blowing. I am so very excited and proud to confirm that YES – I will be starring in TRON. We will work as hard as we possibly can to create something that I hope you all will love. We have some very special ideas in store for you all…🤗 Anyone wanna go to the movies? 🎥 🍿 See you in the grid!👨🏼🎤
Interestingly, in a now-deleted tweet, Leto may have let slip the title of the third film: TRON: Ares. It’s in line with what was reported by THR back in 2017: “Leto would play a character named Ares, who has not appeared onscreen before but was a key player in that script.”
According to Variety, the new Tron movie will not be a direct sequel to the previous films – 1982’s TRON and 2010’s TRON: Legacy – and will instead “chart its own path as a new installment in the franchise.”
Leto will be among the producers of the film, which has its latest draft written by Jesse Wigutow (It Runs in the Family). Stay tuned as it develops further.