Tron 3 Casts Star Wars Lead In Mystery Role

By Jessica Goudreault | Published

Jodie Turner-Smith in Anne Boleyn

If you weren’t already excited for Tron: Ares, the third movie in the Tron franchise, then we have another reason for you to look forward to it. Jodie Turner-Smith, the lead in the upcoming Star Wars series The Acolyte, has been cast in a mystery role for Tron 3, according to Variety. The British actress joins fellow cast members Jared Leto, Evan Peters, and Greta Lee.

Jodie Turner-Smith, star of the upcoming series Star Wars: The Acolyte, has joined Tron 3.

Jodie Turner-Smith has been taking Hollywood by storm ever since her breakout role as Queen in the TV series Queen & Slim in 2019. The 36-year-old actress has held her own as she starred alongside Colin Farrell in A24’s After Yang, Michael B. Jordan in Without Remorse, and Brian Cox in The Independent.

Before we see her in Tron 3, we’ll get to see her in the Star Wars TV series The Acolyte on Disney+ and in the upcoming Apple TV+ series Bad Monkey.

Tron 3

So far, all we know about the plot of Tron 3 is that Jared Leto will play the lead as Ares and that Greta Lee will play a video game programmer and the CEO of a tech company. Ares is a sentient being who is a manifestation of an online program. He somehow makes his way into the human world, where Greta Lee’s character will most likely try and stop him from taking over mankind.

The wheels started turning for Tron 3 back in 2017 when Jared Leto signed on to star in the film as well as produce it. Production fell off the tracks a few times, but things got back into motion in January 2023 when the cast really began taking shape.

Jodie Turner-Smith in Without Remorse

Tron 3 will be the third film in the franchise, following the original Tron film that debuted back in 1982 and the sequel Tron: Legacy that came out in 2010.

The first Tron starred Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, a software engineer who winds up going “into the grid” to try and stop his arch nemesis from stealing his technology. Despite the film’s groundbreaking visual effects, it flopped at the box office. Since then, it has become a cult classic that has inspired many more sci-fi projects and innovative ideas.

In Tron: Legacy, Kevin Flynn’s son, Sam Flynn (played by Garrett Hedlund) attempts to track down his missing father in the digital world with the help of Quorra (played by Olivia Wilde). It was the directorial debut of Joseph Kosinski, who went on to direct Top Gun: Maverick, Oblivion, and Spiderhead. The complex and visually stunning sequel fared better than the original Tron at the box office and overall received mixed reviews from critics.

Fans of the Tron franchise are eager to see what kind of visual effects Tron 3 will bring to the big screen and how the impressive cast will work together. As technology and artificial intelligence continue to impact our everyday lives, the Tron movies may actually be closer to nonfiction than we think.