‘Tron: Ares,’ the third ‘Tron’ film starring Jared Leto, has added some serious indie credit.
Greta Lee, newcomer to A24’s critically beloved “Past Lives” and “Queen & Slim” and “After Yang” actress Jodie Turner-Smith, have both joined the cast of the sci-fi flick at Disney, a person familiar with the project told IndieWire.
Lee and Turner-Smith join a cast that includes Leto and Evan Peters. The film will be directed by Joachim Rønning (“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”, “Kon-Tiki”).
Lee will play the project’s female lead, a brilliant video game programmer and co-CEO of one of the most successful technology companies in the world. Turner-Smith has a significant role in the project, but her part is being kept under wraps.
No plot details have been disclosed either, but THR is reporting that the film follows Leto as Ares, the manifestation of an omnipotent and sentient computer program, making its way into the real world. The first two “Tron” movies, including the 1982 original and the rebooted 2010 sequel, follow how someone gets sucked into the computerized world of a video game.
Jesse Wigutow and Jack Thorne wrote the screenplay for ‘Tron: Ares’.
The original “Tron” has become a cult classic and one of the first groundbreaking examples of computer-generated imagery and animation on the screen. The sequel ‘Tron: Legacy’, which brought back the star of the original Jeff Bridges and was helmed by ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ director Joseph Kosinski, grossed a respectable $400 million at the worldwide box office, but a third film that would bring back some of that film’s cast never got off the ground. “Tron: Legacy” is also famous for Daft Punk’s soundtrack.
Lee exploded big time in Celine Song’s “Past Lives,” which IndieWire considers one of the best films of the year so far. But she has also lent her voice to both ‘Spider-Verse’ films and is known for her parts in ‘Russian Doll’ and ‘The Morning Show’.
Turner-Smith will soon be seen in the Disney+ Star Wars series ‘The Acolyte’ and was recently seen in ‘Murder Mystery 2’ and ‘White Noise’.
Turner-Smith is represented by UTA, 111 Media, The Lede Company and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole. Lee is represented by UTA, Anonymous Content and Jackoway Tyerman.
THR first reported the news of Lee’s casting, and Turner-Smith’s casting was first reported by Variety.