Jeff Bridges Returning For ‘Tron: Ares’

Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges is set to return for Tron: Ares, his third film in the long-running sci-fi franchise from Disney, sources have confirmed to Deadline.

The actor revealed the news in a recent appearance on the Film Comment podcast, stating, “I’m heading off this Saturday to play a part in the third installment of the ‘Tron’ story. Jared Leto is the star of this third one. I’m really anxious to work with him; I’ve admired his work.”

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Entering production in Vancouver in January, Tron: Ares follows Leto’s highly sophisticated Program, Ares, who is sent from the digital world into the real world on a dangerous mission, marking humankind’s first encounter with A.I. beings. Also starring Greta Lee, Evan Peters, Hasan Minhaj, Jodie Turner-Smith, Arturo Castro, Cameron Monaghan, and Gillian Anderson, pic’s director is Joachim Rønning, who helmed both Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil for Disney following his breakout with 2012’s Kon-Tiki.

Jesse Wigutow and Jack Thorne wrote the script, with Sean Bailey, Jeffrey Silver, Justin Springer, Leto, Emma Ludbrook and Steven Lisberger producing alongside executive producer Russell Allen. The film is slated for release in 2025.

The Tron franchise launched with the seminal 1982 title of the same name starring Jeff Bridges as video game creator Kevin Flynn, which was lauded for its visual effects and developed a cult classic following after a tough go in its theatrical run. Following that up was Tron: Legacy, a 2010 sequel introducing Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde to the cast, which netted a little over $400M upon its debut during the holiday season.

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