Flynn Will Return For TRON: ARES As Jeff Bridges Confirms His Involvement In Franchise Continuation

Flynn Will Return For TRON: ARES As Jeff Bridges Confirms His Involvement In Franchise Continuation Flynn Will Return For TRON: ARES As Jeff Bridges Confirms His Involvement In Franchise Continuation

Will the third Tron film finally deliver the cinematic spectacle that Disney has been looking for? Cameron Monaghan thinks something special is on the horizon.

By MarkJulian - Apr 29, 2024 05:04 PM EST
Filed Under: Tron

"Flynn Lives."

A little-known fact is that the initial Tron movie wasn't a box office hit, despite its enduring cultural influence, as Disney had to write down a portion of the $17 million production costs.

Because of its influence on computer-generated imagery and its groundbreaking visual effects at the time, the 1982 movie gained in popularity as time passed. Over the decades that followed, a cult following formed, which encouraged Disney to greenlight a 2010 sequel, Tron: Legacy.

Although the movie didn't go well at the box office either, it did attract some devoted admirers who commend the sequel for its striking visuals and booming Daft Punk soundtrack.

With a pricey brand-new theme park attraction that just opened in Magic Kingdom, Tron Lightcycle Power Run, which cost a reported $70 million, Disney is looking to raise the profile of the IP with a third film installment.

After a long period of development, Tron: Ares is set to hit theaters on October 10, 2025. Filming began in January 2024.

Speaking to Collider, actor Cameron Monaghan shared his excitement for the film, stating, "I think this one, in a very similar way, is going to really push forward what can be done, from a visual perspective."

"I would sometimes even come in on days I wasn’t working because that set was really amazing. A lot of the practical sets were pretty phenomenal, and I would love to go look at those as well."

Elsewhere, Jeff Bridges, who anchored the first two films as Kevin Flynn/Clu just confirmed his return for Tron: Ares.

He shared the news via the Film Comment podcast, where he stated, "I’m heading off this Saturday to play a part in the third installment of the ‘Tron’ story; I’m excited about that. It’s wild. Jared Leto is the star of this third one, and I’m really anxious to work with him, and I’ve admired his work."

With Bridges confirming his return, Tron fans are now left to wonder if Legacy stars Garett Hedlund, and Olivia Wilde will also be reprising their roles as Sam Flynn and Quorra, respectively.

The confirmed cast for Tron: Ares includes Leto, Bridges, Monaghan, Greta Lee, Evan Peters, Hasan Minhaj, Jodie Turner-Smith, Arturo Castro, and Gillian Anderson.

Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)  will be directing from a script penned by Jesse Wigutow (Warcraft, The Adventures of Thomas) and Jack Thorne ( Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, His Dark Materials).

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GhostDog - 4/29/2024, 5:37 PM
Actually something about this movie to be excited for. Shocked
Usernametaken - 4/29/2024, 5:39 PM
I remember not liking Tron Legacy very much, but watching that video in the article, I realize that this movie has not aged well at all.
Looks like a total dud tbh.
Kadara - 4/30/2024, 1:42 AM
@Usernametaken - It was a virtual blast when it was released but yeah the graphics now look so wonky. My favorite part was always the soundtrack though.
Usernametaken - 4/30/2024, 4:42 AM
@Kadara - The directing, the acting, the dialogues, the action choreography, the editing, and yes the visual art direction, all of it looks razzie worthy.
WhateverItTakes - 4/29/2024, 5:39 PM
Love this franchise
Origame - 4/29/2024, 5:42 PM
...if you say so

HashTagSwagg - 4/29/2024, 5:48 PM
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Origame - 4/29/2024, 5:51 PM
@HashTagSwagg - somehow, Flynn has returned 🤣
J0RELLC00LJ - 4/29/2024, 10:09 PM
@HashTagSwagg - They left off with such a cool cliffhanger for Tron (the character) that I really wanted to see how he'd be redeemed. Maybe this next one will see him in action
IronMan616 - 4/29/2024, 5:43 PM
Muh my n name is Walter Jr!
ProfessorWhy - 4/29/2024, 5:43 PM
Now I'm in
TheLobster - 4/29/2024, 5:44 PM
Must be a flashback or him as a hologram of some sort? Homeboy died so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
JonC - 4/29/2024, 6:57 PM
@TheLobster - He 'died' in a digital world and showed he had the ability to create life in that world so...
Origame - 4/29/2024, 9:10 PM
@JonC - 1) but his physical body is in that digital world. Suggesting he could've survived just because he's a human and that's a digital world literally removes the stakes from all tron movies.

2) he didn't create life. Flynn had no idea how the isos came to be.
QuietStorm - 4/29/2024, 5:44 PM
I liked the last one and wish the third was made a lot sooner.
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LSHF - 4/29/2024, 9:16 PM
@QuietStorm - That hair of hers (and her beautiful face) makes it challenging for me to take my eyes off her. I should probably watch it one day (haven't seen it yet).
Malatrova15 - 4/29/2024, 5:45 PM
Finn!!!?? the walking bad Finn?!
NinnesMBC - 4/29/2024, 5:45 PM
Flynn lives!

TheVisionary25 - 4/29/2024, 5:52 PM
I just could never really get into the these movies , maybe if I rewatch them now then I might feel differently since it’s been awhile…

I remember not really caring for Tron Legacy (the visuals and music were definitely the highlight though) and I barely remember the first one.

The most I have enjoyed this franchise as of now was the Disney XD show “Tron:Uprising” and was cancelled way too soon.

TheVisionary25 - 4/29/2024, 5:57 PM
It’s cool that Jeff Bridges is back for this (I know he’s had health issues in recent years so it’s nice to see him back to work)!!.

I like the cast for the most part but man , Leto as a lead just never excites me personally…

I haven’t seen the directors work either but I’m hearing good things about his next movie “The Young Woman and The Sea”..

It was originally going to stream straight on D+ but now it’s been given a theatrical release due to how positive the test screenings for it were which is great and gives me hope for this!!.


RedFury - 4/29/2024, 6:49 PM
Seeing as Flynn was basically Tron Jesus in the last outing; I can only imagine he's become one with the Grid. More akin to a ghost in the machine rather than a living breathing human.

The more of the Dude in anything, the better.
Mugens - 4/29/2024, 7:01 PM
Kind of strange that the wife and I just rewatched Tron Legacy this past weekend. The de-ageing of Jeff Bridges was pretty bad but the tech was still new at the time I'm guessing. Still looking forward to the next film in the franchise and what if anything it tells us about Flynn's son and his "program" companion that had moved into the real world. Also wonder if Tron himself, Bruce Boxleitner will be back.
tylerzero - 4/29/2024, 7:44 PM
@Mugens -

While I really enjoyed :Legacy, the fact that it had next to no Tron in it made the title almost nonsensical to me.

This will hold true for :Ares if we again get next to no Tron.
TheVandalore - 4/29/2024, 7:23 PM
Ok. I'm in.
LSHF - 4/29/2024, 9:14 PM
Cool. I saw the first one when it was at the theaters and had already at that spent lots of quarters on the game, so some of it was fun watching.

I never saw the second one, but I think it's cool that Jeff is still going to be involved in the next one.
Timerider - 4/29/2024, 9:25 PM
I think the first Tron 3 trailer will be attached to The Fantastic Four film in July 2025. Both are Disney films, gotta be true.
bkmeijer1 - 4/30/2024, 2:46 AM
@Timerider - depends on the releasedate, so I could see it be attached to Captain America or Thunderbolts too
valmic - 4/29/2024, 9:26 PM
I could never get into the first Tron but Tron 2 I really liked. I wish they went back in and fixed the De-aging fx for him. That’s the one thing that takes me out of the movie every time.
bkmeijer1 - 4/30/2024, 2:45 AM
@valmic - for me only in the flashback. Within the Tronverse it kinda makes sense to me he looks like a bad copy
jj2112 - 4/30/2024, 8:50 AM
@bkmeijer1 - That would be fine if the programs in the first movie had not looked exactly like their users. Besides, Flynn looked fake in flashbacks too.
bkmeijer1 - 4/30/2024, 11:47 AM
@jj2112 - yeah, the flashbacks bothered me too. I haven't seen the original, but the bad program is just the way to justify it for me in Legacy. I admit it could use an upgrade now
valmic - 4/30/2024, 4:25 PM
@bkmeijer1 - Yea I thought of it that way also but that idea is ruined because the first shot of him is in the real world with Sam.
bkmeijer1 - 4/30/2024, 2:44 AM
Wait, Cameron Monaghan and Jeff Bridges are in this? All of the sudden I'm really excited for this. Now if only they could get Daft Punk in too
S8R8M - 4/30/2024, 5:14 AM
I am looking forward to that. I hope they bring back Cillian, Garrett & Olivia.
WarMonkey - 4/30/2024, 6:36 AM
This is great news, I've been a huge Tron fan since 1st movie, but it's still gonna be a Jared Leto movie where he leaves the Grid. That's 2 things that give me negative interest in this. Add the fact it's being made by Disney now who hasn't made any good movie in years besides GOTG 3 and no Bruce as Tron so far and I think this has a great chance to really suck.

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