A third film in the Tron franchise, Tron: Ares, has finally been given a green light at Disney. Jared Leto, who has attempted to get the project up and running for the past six years, will star in the film which will be a direct sequel to 2010’s Tron: Legacy. Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil) has entered into talks to direct the film which will work from a script by Jesse Wigutow.
A third Tron installment has been in the works in one way or another since before the release of Legacy, which featured a cameo by Cillian Murphy as Edward Dillinger Jr., who looked set to be the villain of what was then planned to be an ongoing franchise. Legacy director Joseph Kosinski was expected to return for the third film and in 2015 there was word that a start of production on Tron 3 was right around the corner before Disney pulled the plug on the return to The Grid. Leto picked up the torch to get a third film made in 2017 and now his efforts seem to have come to fruition.
No release date was given in THR’s report, though rumors of a 2025 release have swirled online for some time. No story details have been provided at the moment nor is the identity of Leto’s character known nor if any of the stars from either of the original films will return.