Tron: Ares to Star Jared Leto, Directed by Maleficent 2’s Joachim Rønning

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It’s been a while since 2010’s Tron: Legacy, but fans are finally getting a new film in the franchise spawned by Steven Lisberger’s 1982 sci-fi classic. According to an exclusive report from Deadline, Disney has begun early negotiations to set Joachim Rønning (Maleficent 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) to direct a third installment of Tron, which is reportedly titled Tron: Ares. Jared Leto, who recently played vampire Morbius for Sony Pictures, will star in the feature, although there doesn’t seem to be much word yet on whether Jeff Bridges will return as computer programmer and video game developer Kevin Flynn.

From a Deadline report:

The Dish hears that Disney is in early negotiations to set Joachim Rønning to direct Jared Leto in Tron: Ares. The film is crewing up, eyeing an August start date in Vancouver.

Deals aren’t complete yet, but this would mark the fourth collaboration between Disney and the Norwegian filmmaker who helmed Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He has wrapped for the studio the Daisy Ridley-starrer Young Woman and the Sea, about the daring journey of Gertrude Ederle, a New York teen who became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Jeff Nathanson scripted it, and Jerry Bruckheimer produces with him.

Deadline goes on to report that Tron: Ares was written by Jesse Wigutow (The Crow reboot) and will serve as a direct sequel to Tron: Legacy. Directed by Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, Top Gun: Maverick), the 2010 film introduced major new characters to the Tron franchise, including Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), Kevin Flynn’s son, as well as Quorra (Olivia Wilde), an ISO (program) who enters the real world at the end of the film. Tron: Legacy failed to become a major hit for Disney, having only earned $400 million worldwide.

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