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'TRON: Ares' Is Finally Set to Return to the Grid in 2025, 15 Years After 'TRON: Legacy'

Jared Leto, Greta Lee, Evan Peters and Gillian Anderson star in the third film in the 'TRON' franchise, this time following AI from the digital world into reality.
By Sarah Ward
March 01, 2024
By Sarah Ward
March 01, 2024

Things happen quickly in the digital world. Movies about it don't always earn the same description. In the TRON franchise's case, the first film hit cinemas in 1982, then sequel TRON: Legacy arrived 28 years later in 2010. A third movie was announced the very same year, but TRON: Ares won't return cinemagoers to the grid until 2025.

Some flicks fall into the "I'll believe it when I'm actually sitting in a theatre watching it with my own eyes" category, and this has been one of them for more than a decade. But Disney has not only announced that TRON: Ares has a date with picture palaces next year — although the exact date itself hasn't been revealed — but also dropped a first image now that production is underway.


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If your immediate response to this news is to hear "the grid, a digital frontier" in your head in Jeff Bridges' voice while Daft Punk's music plays, then you're obviously a fan. At present, there's no word on who'll be taking care of the score this time around, trying to follow in TRON: Legacy's huge footsteps.

Cast-wise, TRON: Ares spans a heap of familar names. Jared Leto (Haunted Mansion) plays Ares, while Greta Lee will be worlds away from Past Lives. Evan Peters (Wish), Hasan Minhaj (No Hard Feelings), Jodie Turner-Smith (White Noise), Arturo Castro (The Vince Staples Show), Cameron Monaghan (Shameless) and Gillian Anderson (Sex Education) also feature.

As for the plot, TRON: Ares follows the program that shares its moniker, which makes the jump from the digital realm to the real world. So, it's a tale about AI, plus humanity's first encounter with it.

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The film started shooting in January in Vancouver, with Joachim Rønning (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil) directing — taking over from Australian Lion and Foe filmmaker Garth Davis, who was initially attached to the movie.

"TRON: Ares builds upon the legacy of cutting-edge design, technology and storytelling. Now more than ever, it feels like the right time to return to the grid," said Rønning.

TRON: Ares doesn't have a trailer as yet, but you can check out the trailers for TRON and TRON: Legacy below:

TRON: Ares is set to release in cinemas Down Under in 2025 — we'll update you with an exact date when one is announced.

Published on March 01, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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