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Tron 3 - What We Know So Far

Get ready for another trip to the Grid. After a decade of kicking the can down the road, it looks like Disney is finally getting ready to deliver a third film in the Tron franchise. The first movie became a cult classic after it released in 1982, but it took until 2010 for a sequel to materialize. Plans for a threequel were teased after the second movie's release, and then scrapped due to an overcrowded release calendar and Disney's shifting priorities. Now, it looks like the studio has finally found time for Tron 3.

Joseph Kosinski, the director of Tron: Legacy and the upcoming Twister reboot, won't be returning. Instead, the studio has tapped Garth Davis to take the helm. Davis may seem like a peculiar choice for Tron 3, as his previous efforts — Lion, Mary Magdalene, and the miniseries Top of the Lake — are all character-driven dramas. However, according to Deadline (who broke the news), Davis reportedly campaigned hard to get the gig, implying that he has a strong vision for the film.

There are more details to discuss, so get yourself uploaded and let's zap into everything we know so far about Tron 3.

Will we have to wait another decade for Tron 3's release date?

Before we all start getting too excited about Tron 3, there is one important caveat to mention. According to Deadline, the film hasn't officially been greenlit yet. They do note that Davis being attached to direct after so many years of stagnancy surrounding the project is a good sign that it will go forward, but as of now, the movie is still in the earliest and most fragile stages of development. One other bit of information from Deadline's report is that there is at least a draft of a screenplay, which means if and when it does get officially greenlit, that's one less hurdle to jump.

All this, of course, means that there's currently no release date in sight. With that in mind, it seems unlikely that we'll be seeing Tron 3 before 2022, or maybe even 2023. While that's not necessarily the best news, we waited decades for the second installment, so a few more years holding out for a third should be a breeze.

One last note of pure speculation, but July 9, 2022 will mark the 40th anniversary of Tron's original theatrical release. Just saying.

The Oscar-winning talent attached to star in Tron 3

Davis isn't the only exciting name attached to Tron 3. Suicide Squad and Blade Runner 2049 actor Jared Leto has signed on to play a character reportedly named Ares, according to IGN. This isn't much of a surprise, as Leto has been circling Tron 3 as an actor and producer for a couple of years, as reported by Variety. We don't know anything about the role he'll be taking on in the film, but presumably, he'll be one of the leads.

Other than Leto, there haven't been any other casting announcements. The big isomorphic algorithm in the room is whether or not cast members from the previous films will return for the threequel. After all, Jeff Bridges came back after nearly three decades to reprise his role from the original film in Tron: Legacy. We'll have to wait for official word to know for sure, but we're guessing he won't be making another resurgence in the digital world, as (spoiler alert) he died at the end of Tron: Legacy. And based on what we do know about the third film's plot, we're not expecting the first sequel's other stars, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde, to make appearances, either. Whether there's a role for Tron himself, Bruce Boxleitner, remains to be seen as well.

What do we know about the plot of Tron 3?

Disney has been tight-lipped about the plot for Tron 3. The first two movies used high-concept sci-fi filmmaking to weave narratives about the struggle against tyrannical power structures. Although we don't know any particulars about the plot for the third film, we're expecting it to follow in that tradition.

One thing to not expect, though, is for Tron 3 to continue the storyline that began in Tron and was continued in Tron: Legacy. According to Variety, the third installment won't be a direct sequel to either of the previous films. This makes sense, considering the amount of time that has passed and the fact that the ending of the second film certainly holds up as the conclusion to that particular narrative. And, of course, the larger world created by those first two films leaves provides plenty of buttressing to build a whole new narrative.

That being said, when Tron 3 was originally in development, it was meant to be a direct sequel with Tron: Legacy's stars returning, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Furthermore, Leto was already attached to the project back when it was a sequel. If he's playing the same character, it could mean that, even if it's a standalone film, there is still a strong connection to the previous two entries into the franchise.

While the lack of any plot details might be frustrating to some, knowing that the film will be an all-new story opens a lot of doors for speculation. Will any of the franchise's previous characters return? Will we get some kind of major time jump? How will the next film further develop the world of the Grid? We'll have to wait until Tron 3 finishes loading to find out.