"Tron 2.0" has its first two players

Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:04am EST
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "House" co-star Olivia Wilde and Beau Garrett are the first to sign on for "Tron 2.0," a sequel to the 1982 Disney cult classic.

The original, about a programer thrust into a computer and forced to fight in games he helped create, is remembered for its sci-fi gladiator-style battles and groundbreaking special effects.

The new movie is acting as a "next chapter." Plot details are being guarded closely, but 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. Garrett ("Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer") will play a siren in the virtual world.

The male lead has not been cast, but the studio and filmmakers are screen-testing actors as it brings on other leads and supporting players. Joseph Kosinski is directing; Steven Lisberger, who co-wrote and directed the original film, is one of the producers.

"Tron 2.0" is eyeing a spring shoot and is shaping up as one of the studio's most anticipated projects in years. Kosinski shot reels to test technology and showcase his vision for the film; the footage screened at Comic-Con in July and was one of the most buzzed-about films coming out of the annual San Diego geekfest.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter