More Awesome Bikes Coming: TRON 3 Is Finally Happening, With Jared Leto as Lead

Look a bit closely at the TRON franchise and you could argue that Disney is going for some kind of record on how slow-paced a production can be. One decade after the second installment and three years after original reports about it, confirmation has come that TRON 3 is in the pipeline.
Jared Leto confirms he's the lead in TRON 3, hints it might be called ARES 9 photos
Photo: Twitter / Jared Leto
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We might never get those neat-looking TRON bikes in real life as we were promised, but at least we’ll get to enjoy them in action on the big screen. In about 4 or 5 years from now, but who’s counting?

The first TRON movie came out in 1982 and, while it was never a box office success, it became a cult classic in recent years. In 2010, Disney released the sequel, TRON: Legacy, with Jeff Bridges resuming the original part and Garrett Hedlund playing his son. Legacy became an immediate hit, but Disney was struggling with adapting the story for a follow-up.

Sometime in 2017, word first got out that Jared Leto was being considered for the lead, which was the first clue that Disney would take the story into a different direction. Three years later, Jared has confirmed his involvement and, while there’s no detail yet available on the plot, we do know this: Disney is progressing towards all-CAPS titles, maybe. Leto’s original announcement (now deleted) included the accidental mention of the possible name for the project, and it’s TRON: ARES.

The fact that I get to be a part of this new chapter is mind-blowing,” Leto partly says in his message on social media. “I am so very excited and proud to confirm that YES - I will be starring in TRON. We will work as hard as we possibly can to create something that I hope you all will love. We have some very special ideas in store for you all… See you in the grid!”

Perhaps one of the biggest accomplishments of Legacy, aside from the superb Daft Punk score, was the reimagining of Light Cycles, commonly referred to as TRON bikes. The arena scene is perhaps the best example of that, with the two videos below showing how it played out in Legacy and the original 1982 film. We still have a long way to go until the third movie comes out, so we might take pleasure in what we have.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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