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Tron Sequel Has A Leading Man
And it is... Garrett Hedlund

07 January 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Even though Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner – the third-coolest Bruce in history, fact fans – have signed on to reprise their roles as Clu and Tron, respectively, in Tron, the sequel to, erm, Tron, we all knew that Disney wouldn’t entrust their $150 million behemoth to two blokes over 50. New blood would be required – and new blood has been found.

Garrett Hedlund has been signed to play the lead role in Joseph Kosinski’s sequel to the 1982 original, having beaten out the likes of Chris Pine, Ryan Gosling and Cloverfield’s Michael Stahl-David, all of whom either met for the role or screentested.

The 24 year-old Hedlund, perhaps best known for playing Brad Pitt’s doomed pretty-boy cousin, Patroclus, in Troy, will play a man who is sucked into a computer-generated world, following in the footsteps of Jeff Bridges’ Kevin Flynn/Clu, who’s since become CEO of a computer software giant.

It should transform Hedlund’s career, which has been idling along since Troy – he’s popped up in the likes of Friday Night Lights, Four Brothers and, almost unrecognisably, in Death Sentence.

Sean Bailey – who’s also on board Disney’s just-announced remake of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea – will produce, along with Jeff Silver and Steven Lisberger, who wrote and directed the original movie.

Oh, and just to clear up the title confusion, Disney tried out Tron 2.0, the awful Tr2N and the simple Tron 2, but have apparently opted to call the film Tron, which is even more confusing, given that Tron is now a sequel that shares the same name as the original… Don’t ask us why, we haven’t got a Clu.

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There had been rumours of Karl Urban having a part in the film - is there any truth to this? More

Posted by My Precious at 21:32 on 23 January 2009 | Report This Post

What's so bad about TR2N?
It looks freakin sweet!!! My view of the top three... 1. Bruce Campbell 2. Bruce Willis 3. Bruce Boxleitner More

Posted by DigitalMan at 00:34 on 12 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Tron Sequel Has A Leading Man
"Even though Jeff Bridges and oxleitner – the third-coolest Bruce in historyfans – have signed on to reprise their roles as Clu and Tron, respectively, in ], the sequel to, erm, ], we all knew that Disney wouldn't entrust their $150 million behemoth to two blokes over 50. New blood would be required – and new blood has been found." So cool that Empire got his surname wrong. More

Posted by Mason Verger at 18:09 on 08 January 2009 | Report This Post

It's Spence, Hornsby, probably Forsyth third. Boxy's way down. More

Posted by Marcus Aurelius at 21:57 on 07 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: The sequel has the same name as the original?
THIRD! why is he that low.....he defeated the shadows AND vorlons!!! what has willis done? Stopped a big rock hitting earth, whoopie do. More

Posted by icelandicwolf at 19:58 on 07 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: The sequel has the same name as the original?

Posted by Overmind at 19:03 on 07 January 2009 | Report This Post

The sequel has the same name as the original?
Why are they doing that? Tr2n was crap but at least it made sense... And Bruce Springsteen is hands-down the coolest Bruce, followed by Willis, Lee and Campbell. Boxleitner is a little further down... More

Posted by lona_no_friends at 15:39 on 07 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Oh no he isn't...
Waitta minute! What about the shark in Jaws? Or the legendary Forsyth? Methinks you didn't think this through b]. JEDI BOBSTER More

Posted by JediBobster at 15:33 on 07 January 2009 | Report This Post

Oh no he isn't...
Sorry, still in panto mode, but Mr Boxleitner is not the 3rd coolest Bruce in history. Acting wise alone, Bruce Campbell, Bruce Lee and Bruce Willis are all cooler in my opinion. And as we're talking 'history', what about Bruce 'The Boss' Springsteen? Sorry to knock you down a couple of places on Empires imaginary 'Cool Bruce' list, Mr Boxleiter, but fair's fair. More

Posted by Jack'sSmirkinRevenge at 14:30 on 07 January 2009 | Report This Post

Bruce Willis? Check Bruce Campbell? Check More

Posted by The Lensman at 12:30 on 07 January 2009 | Report This Post

Sounds relatively positive
Surely they couldve thought of another name or at least give it a subtitle or something like that. I would have to with Bruce Lee!! More

Posted by dougtherugg at 12:21 on 07 January 2009 | Report This Post

Who's the other one?
OK, I have to know...the 3rd-coolest Bruce? Obviously Bruce Campbell is THE coolest (or at the very least number two) but who is the other? More

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