Rumor: Michael Sheen is the Big Bad Villain in Tron 2?
by Alex Billington
May 2, 2009
So yesterday I got a frantic call from Peter at SlashFilm asking me if I had ever heard anything about Michael Sheen being involved in Tron 2. I said no, and he proceeded to tell me about a series of twitter messages coming from Sheen's official twitter account that lead him to believe he could be involved as the villain in Tron 2. You've seen him as the werewolf Lucian in Underworld, you've seen him as David Frost in Frost/Nixon, you've seen him as Tony Blair in The Queen, and we'll see him as The White Rabbit in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland next year; obviously he's a talented actor, so why not cast him in Tron?
It all started when Sheen mention he was cast in a "mystery film" that he wasn't allowed to "talk about yet." So what could it be? Well, he says it's not "a real person" and that his character is "in fact not a person at all." Someone later asked if he was going to play "either a great big bad villain or a fictional seventies rock star" and Sheen responded with "oh my goodness you're kind of close." He had said earlier that he's not a person, so could he be a big bad villain in Tron, then? You can read over on SlashFilm about all the other roles that he said this wasn't about (including Alice in Wonderland and The Twilight Saga: New Moon).
I actually really like Michael Sheen (not so much in Underworld though) and I think he's a very talented actor, so he should be a good fit for any role. But then again, I like him best as a political figure (Tony Blair, David Frost) more than big bad werewolves or anything else. I'll reserve further judgment until we know more about his character in Tron, but this is still an interesting casting rumor. What do you think?