TRON: ARES – Disney Releases First Official Look At Sci-Fi Threequel Starring Jared Leto

We never actually thought this would see the light of day, but after almost a decade of being in and out of development, cameras finally started rolling on a third TRON movie last month.

Now, Disney has shared the first official promo image featuring (presumably) the titular Program played by Jared Leto (Morbius, Blade Runner 2049).

Officially titled TRON: Ares, the threequel will also star Greta Lee, Evan Peters, Hasan Minhaj, Jodie Turner-Smith, Arturo Castro, Cameron Monaghan, with Gillian Anderson. No details on their characters were provided in the press release.

Leto will also produce along with Sean Bailey, Jeffrey Silver, Justin Springer, Emma Ludbrook and Steven Lisberger, with Russell Allen on board as executive producer.

“I’m excited to be part of the TRON franchise and bring this new film to fans around the world,” director Joachim Rønning said in a statement. TRON: Ares builds upon the legacy of cutting-edge design, technology and storytelling. Now more than ever, it feels like the right time to return to the Grid.” Check out the still below.

“TRON: Ares follows a highly sophisticated Program, Ares, who is sent from the digital world into the real world on a dangerous mission, marking humankind’s first encounter with A.I. beings,” reads the synopsis.

Ares is being marketed as a follow-up to 2010’s Tron: Legacy, but we don’t know if it’ll be a direct sequel or more of a relaunch of the franchise. Joseph Kosinski’s movie was not particularly successful at the box office and drew mixed reviews from critics, but it developed a loyal following over the years, and fans have been clamouring for a third film for quite some time.

Previous reports have indicated that some or all of the cast of Legacy (Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde) might reprise their roles, but there’s no mention of any returning actors here.

Rønning previously directed Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and co-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales with Espen Sandberg. He recently completed filming on the Daisy Ridley feature Young Woman and the Sea.

The movie hasn’t been given an exact release date, but it is currently on track to hit theaters at some point next year.

You can’t really tell much from this image, but what do you make of our first look at Tron: Ares? Drop us a comment down below.