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Tron Ditches The 2, Snags a Lead

by Kasey McDonald January 7, 2009 1:34 pm
<i>Tron</i> Ditches The 2, Snags a Lead

Relative Hollywood newcomer Garrett Hedlund's IMDb page will now be bookended with similar credits, as the actor, who got his start in 2004's Troy, has just been cast as the lead in 2011's Tron. And yes, that whole Tron 2.0 - TR2N - Tron 2 business has finally been put to rest, as the sequel to the 1982 cult classic has finally settled on a title, which will be... the exact same as the original.

Hedlund, who has recently appeared in Eragon and Georgia Rule, will join Olivia Wilde, Beau Garrett, and returning-from-the-original cast mates Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner. Which, man, you guys know how much I love it when they bring back original cast members and don't recast parts. I'd wager Bruce is probably pretty stoked about it, too. Also awesome is when they bring back original writers or directors, which in this case we find both in the same man, with Steven Lisberger coming in to serve as producer.

Other details are coming out about the film, (though none explain that Light Cycle chase from the ComicCon teaser). Hedlund will play the lead, who finds himself pulled into the world of a computer where he must retrace the steps of the original film's Kevin Flynn (Bridges), who is now the software corporation's CEO.

My favorite memories from the original film actually come in the form of badass light-up-and-everything Tron Halloween costumes that I run across every few years on the holiday, and the excitement I hold for updated versions from a new movie can barely be contained. With their lead now secured, the studio is aiming to begin filming this spring. I guess I can wait a couple of years.

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