Garrett Hedlund Cast as the Lead in Disney's Tron 2.0

January 6, 2009

Garrett Hedlund in Tron

Apparently Olivia Wilde didn't have the only Tron 2.0 news to report today. 24-year-old actor Garrett Hedlund has been cast as the lead in the highly anticipated sequel. Hedlund landed the role over other more notable actors like Ryan Gosling, Chris Pine, and Cloverfield's Michael Stahl-David (who really needs another lead role). Additionally, the Hollywood Reporter is claiming that the title is now officially just Tron, without any numbers. Lastly, while Hedlund's character's name wasn't revealed, it seems we might finally have an idea of what the sequel will be about based on the character description they gave.

Hedlund's character is described as "a man who finds himself pulled into the world of a computer [to retrace] the steps of a character from the original movie named Kevin Flynn." In a previous article, we reported that the story would involve a programmer who "finds himself allied with the leader of a rebellion against a corrupt cyber-entity." And those that have seen the teaser from Comic-Con know that Jeff Bridges reprises his role as Flynn, but at the end he acts out violently, killing another player. Maybe Flynn has become the "corrupt cyber-entity" somewhat like Mr. Smith in The Matrix and this new programmer (Neo?) is brought in to retrace Flynn's steps and take him out (or remove the virus that is controlling him).

Obviously that plot concept is all based on pure speculation, but it sounds very reasonable. Why not model the triumphant return of a movie set inside of a computer on one of the greatest modern movies also set inside of a computer? Audiences also love darker stories and if the footage we saw is any indication, Tron 2.0 may end up being pretty dark. I haven't recognized Hedlund in any of his previous roles (Troy, Friday Night Lights, Eragon, Death Sentence), but if Disney thinks he's a good fit for a $150 million effects-intensive epic like this, then I'm in, too. Shooting is scheduled to start in the spring for release in 2011.

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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments


Nice to see them going with an unknown. Good luck to him. I really wish they could pick a fucking title for this already.

BahHumbug on Jan 7, 2009


At least he looks manly, wait...

Richard on Jan 7, 2009


I will follow John Lassetter into fire. Even if the movie is terrible, based on that footage the world of Tron will be amazing.

Fuelbot on Jan 7, 2009


I didnt like him in Troy

Scott McHenry on Jan 7, 2009


He played Achilles' cousin in Troy correct?

Andrew on Jan 7, 2009


Yes, named Patroclus, I think that was Achilles' cousin...

Alex Billington on Jan 7, 2009


Alex, Garrett was also in Four Brothers (he was the fourth brother)

Conrad on Jan 7, 2009


I have high hopes for this movie. One thing is certain: it will look amazing.

avoidz on Jan 8, 2009


My only questions is if they started filming before they finished casting? Or is it that Disney has the bucks to produce a full trailer w/ FX etc., before they've even started filming. Either way, that elusive trailer looked purty friggin' good.

Hmmmm on Jan 8, 2009


you guys, if you look on the website, the director stormed off the set very recently, because the idiot producers were forcing him to add jar jar binks-like elements to the storyline to apparently make it more disney friendly. he's no longer associated with the project. you know who is? uwe boll. the notorious hack. i literally felt like crying when i read this just now. i can't believe this. they were getting it right and it's gone, it's over. i was so excited to see this after watching that brilliant light cycle sequence. it was looking like a dark knight reboot of tron. they ruined it. i absolutely hope they can get it back on track with the original director. disney big wigs are the biggest morons ever. or is this a cruel joke. please say it's a joke.

ian on Apr 4, 2009

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