Garrett Hedlund to Lead the Cast of Tron

Garrett Hedlund to Lead the Cast of Tron

Disney has announced that the on-the-rise actor would be featured in the sequel to the 1982 cult classic film, opposite Jeff Bridges.

By bsprecher - Jan 08, 2009 10:01 AM EST
Filed Under: Tron

Disney has been screening dozens of A-list actors for the lead in Tron (previously announced as "Tron 2" and "Tr2n"), the live-action follow-up to the 1982 film that was one of the first films from a major movie studio to use computer graphics. Previous rumors have attached Hollywood staples Chris Pine (Star Trek), Ryan Gosling (Fracture) and Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield) to the film, but the top spot has gone to Garrett Hedlund, best known for his supporting roles in Troy, Friday Night Lights and Eragon.

Though the ticket sales of the initial release were modest—$33M with a $17M budget—the film inspired a popular video game and has gone on to become a cult hit.

Produced by Sean Bailey, Jeff Silver and Steven Lisberger—co-writer and director of the original—the new Tron will be directed by Joseph Kosinski and has a budget topping $100M. Jeff Bridges will reprise his role as the enigmatic "Flynn." It was recently announced that Bruce Boxleitner ("Tron" in the original) will also be involved with the film.

Disney surprised attendees of the 2008 San Diego Comic Con by dropping some test footage of a "lightcycle" duel between a blue "program" cycle and a young Flynn (Bridges) riding a yellow cycle, while an older, bearded Flynn (also Bridges) looks on from above.

There has been no official release date given for this film, though it is expected to be released in 2011.

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adamant877 - 1/8/2009, 10:59 AM
Just out of curiosity... How is this comic book related? Did they actually issue a "Tron" based comic book that I'm unaware of?
adamant877 - 1/8/2009, 10:59 AM
(Not that I would be surprised, mind you.)
Spock - 1/8/2009, 11:05 AM
It would have been a comic book in 2003, but it crashed. Its not actually comic based but it is worth mentioning since there is anime in this section as well that been made in movies. Even video games.
Bijous - 1/8/2009, 11:14 AM
Slave Labor Graphics put out Tron: The Ghost in the Machine #1 in April 2006. The second issue didn't come out until November 2006 and we're still waiting for the last four issues.
loganoneil - 1/8/2009, 12:43 PM
Aside from the OBVIOUS question asked by adamant877, the next logical question would be, "Why does Hollywood want to screw with a cult classic like 'Tron'?" This just FURTHER proves my point that the bigwigs in Tinsletown ran out of ideas a LONG time ago and have nothing better to do than recycle old ideas and reprocess foreign material!!!!!!!
DrFever - 1/8/2009, 1:09 PM
google, use it
saymekian - 1/8/2009, 1:54 PM
Murtagh, eh?

I don't knoooow
SirJediFrank - 1/8/2009, 4:06 PM
At least the original Tron movie was adult-oriented, (i think i´ve seen it only once or twice ever, but the concept of "dying virtual people" scared me as an infant in 1984 when i saw it) let´s see what they do with this one. Jeff Bridges uses to choose right with his projects.
TylerDayspring - 1/9/2009, 2:39 AM
who cares
ProdigalPlague - 1/10/2009, 12:09 PM
holy shite! yaknow i remember seeing tron v2 toys in the store with characters i never seen before so the comic book in 06 makes sense though i saw these toys way before then. i for one am excited. since joel chumacher worked on tron, it might just be a way for him to redeem himself after giving us glow in the dark batman films. or maybe not. true its a cult classic but with the bullshit kids have for saturday morning cartoons and most cartoons in general for the last 8 years, it seems that going retro is a surefire moneymaker so long as they get the right people to helm the projects and follow the example's of nolan, favreau and others who have given us dynamite cinema. i'm also excited about thundercats and if they ever get the balls to do it, silverhawks. but i'm gonna drop a bomb for all the children of the 80'sright now: remember M.A.S.K.? how doable yet [frick]in cool would it be if they do a live action for that? simple,easy,moneymaker and nostalgic. i should write a letter. lol
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