For years, the thought of a sequel to the 1982 cult classic TRON was something that kept geeks warm on cold winter nights. Now that the project is finally going ahead, the thought of the first two new cast members for the film will also do the same.
Olivia Wilde and Beau Garrett, who previously shared the screen together in the horror flick Touristas, have been hired for TR2N. Both actresses will play denizerns of the cyberspace reality that exists inside a computer. The Hollywood Reporter states that Wilde “will play a worker in the virtual world who tries to help fight Master Control Program, the villainous intelligence protocol that was the nemesis in the original film,” while Garrett has been cast as “a siren in the virtual world.”
Jeff Bridges, star of the original TRON, has already signed for the sequel.
Interestingly, the Reporter‘s story refers to the film as TRON 2, not the more commonly used TR2N or even the recently mentioned TRZ, which was floated at the beginning of the month by Production Weekly.
Meanwhile, AintItCoolNews has an interesting report from an annonymous source that no matter what they call the film, audiences will be getting to see it in 3D, with the promise that “we are going to get a first person view from inside of a light cycle in the film.”
The 3D process is certainly being used by a lot of upcoming films. Much like the concerns I have raised about the increasing use of the IMAX process, I can only hope that the use of 3D in a film will be the help enhance the storytelling and not as just a cheap gimmick. Still, my geek heart beats a little faster at the thought of a 3D, first-person view of a light cycle race!