Jodie Turner-Smith, who made her acting debut in Queen & Slim in 2019, has joined the Tron cast: Ares, the third installment in Disney’s groundbreaking film series about technology.
Jared Leto, Greta Lee and Evan Peters have proactively signed on to the digital experience, which is preparing for an August shoot in Vancouver. Director Joachim Ronning of Maleficent: Co-directed Pirates of the Caribbean with Mistress of Evil: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ director is in charge.
In 1982, Disney released the original Tron, starring Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, a video game designer who teams up with Tron, a security program played by Bruce Boxleitner, after being transported inside his own creation. Tron: Bridges came back for a sequel in 2010: Legacy.
Ares, written by Jesse Wigutow and Jack Thorne, is said to focus on the emergence of a sentient program that crosses over into the human world that is not ready for contact. The two previous films were largely set in the world of computers and programs.
Ares, the program’s representation, will be played by Leto, who has been involved with the project for a number of years. Lee is playing a computer game software engineer and tech Chief in what is depicted as a main job.
It isn’t clear who Turner-Smith is playing.
Along with Justin Springer and Jeffrey Silver, Emma Ludbrook and Leto are producing through their production company, Paradox. Russell Allen is leader delivering.
Before getting a lot of attention with Slim, which was directed by Melina Matsoukas and had a script by Lena Waithe, Turner-Smith co-starred in Syfy’s space horror drama Nightflyers and the drama The Last Ship, both of which were produced by TNT.
She next appears in the Disney+ Star Wars series The Acolyte after appearing in Murder Mystery 2 on Netflix alongside Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston.
UTA, Johnson Shapiro, and 111 Media represent Turner-Smith.
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