Jared Leto can method-act with the best of them. That being said, carrying his own franchise, or even starring in big-budget hits, hasn’t always been in the cards for the actor. But now Disney appears to be going all-in on making Jared Leto into a sci-fi, big-budget star. After initially bringing him on to star in their upcoming Tron: Ares, (or Tron 3) apparently there has been word they don’t want to stop with just one movie. Rumors have it plans are in the works to make the Tron reboot into a trilogy with Leto in all three movies.
A Tron trilogy with Jared Leto would mean a longer leash and more developed storyline than we’ve seen in previous iterations of Tron. The first Tron came out in 1982 and, while a cult classic that was ahead of its time visually, it didn’t gain enough traction to warrant a turnaround sequel. That wouldn’t come for about 30 years with Tron: Legacy. And that one, much like its predecessor was a one and done. Planning out a series of Tron movies with Jared Leto in the lead would be showing quite a bit of confidence with a franchise that hasn’t exactly fired on all cylinders in the past.
Over the summer, it was reported Jared Leto was coming on board for Tron 3 starring as Ares, a character in the resistance who’s been mentioned as an Easter egg before. And for this role, it appears Leto will come on as more a fighter type. He’s already begun transforming his body to fit the role, packing on a ton of muscle in posted pics referring to his “Tron workout”.
Besides plans for a planned trilogy in the rebooted franchise, we do know some more about Tron: Ares besides just Jared Leto’s involvement. Garth Davis is set to direct. He first made a splash with 2017’s Lion, the remarkable story about finding family against all odds which earned him a Best Picture nomination from the Academy. And the script is in the hands of Jesse Wigutow who is also penning a reboot of The Crow.
How Jared Leto handles a lead in a franchise remains to be seen. We might even learn quite a bit from his upcoming role in Morbius in which he plays a doctor turned vampiric antihero. Originally planned for a summer release, it was pushed back to March 19, 2021 because of pandemic-related theater closings. There’s some chance we see Leto headlining multiple franchises in both the comic book and sci-fi worlds concurrently.
And beyond that, Jared Leto is still set to reprise his role as Joker in the DC universe. He’s set to cameo in Zack Snyder’s Justice League and possibly in a new Batman series, both coming to HBOMax. This guy has come a long way since starting out as the brooding and troubled Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life. He’s budding into a legit action star and we know he has the acting chops to pull it off. With a possible Tron trilogy, he could be in the sci-fi space for years to come.