‘TRON: Uprising’ Trailer Offers More Story & Grid Action

Published 3 years ago by , Updated May 2nd, 2012 at 11:52 am,

TRON fans eager to return to The Grid in TRON 3 are going to have to be patient, seeing how production on that threequel (still not a certainty) isn’t expected to begin until 2014 at the earliest. In the meantime, you’ll be able to take a trip back to the land of light-cycles and identity discs with the upcoming, 10-episode animated TV series, TRON: Uprising.

Uprising bridges the narrative gap between the original TRON movie and TRON: Legacy. Based on early footage from the show (which looks quite gorgeous), it imitates the aesthetic of the latter film, rather than the 1980s original – or, say, takes a hybrid approach, like that in Daft Punk’s “Derezzed” music video.

The TRON TV spinoff follows Beck (voice of Elijah Wood), an idealistic, young program who leads a revolution against the imperialistic reign of Clu (Fred Tatasciore, reprising his role from the TRON: Evolution video game). Serving as Beck’s mentor is the legendary Tron (Bruce Boxleitner), who helps the would-be revolutionary become a wise and capable player in the struggle to restore freedom to the people (programs?) of The Grid.

Rounding out the voice cast for TRON: Uprising are fan-faves like Paul Reubens and Lance Henricksen (Aliens), along with Mandy Moore, Emmauelle Chriqui, Reginald VelJohnson and Nathan Corddry, among others.

tron uprising trailer TRON: Uprising Trailer Offers More Story & Grid Action

In some ways, Uprising appears to make better use of the spatial layout and three-dimensional structure of The Grid (see: the light-cycle chase teased in the latest preview) than even Legacy – which was even shot specifically in the 3D format. Similarly, the TV series looks to up the action ante a good deal from its theatrical counterparts, while also possibly offering a less-convoluted take on the franchise mythology than either of the first two TRON movies managed.

That’s all to say: Uprising looks like a promising new addition to the TRON universe. If it proves a hit with viewers and fans alike, that should give Disney all the more reason to not allow TRON 3 to fall by the wayside over the next few years.

TRON: Uprising begins airing on Disney XD next month on June 7th, 2012, following the premiere of a half-hour “prelude” titled Tron: Uprising – Beck’s Beginning on the Disney Channel on May 18th.


Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. That looks great.

  2. Wow, that actually looks more inviting that Legacy did.

  3. Brings to mind Reboot.

    • I don’t see a need for a reboot. Sequels are the way to go for Tron.

      • Reboot was a cartoon series.

  4. TRONGASM!! I may have just Derezzed just a little bit…

  5. Admiral Hackett, is it you?

  6. This looks pretty cool. I would liked to have seen it having a definite end leading up to Legacy, so to have a better chance of keeping the quality up and prevent them from trying to draw it out and make it go longer just to be able to keep milking it as long as they can.

    • Ah, so it’s a 10 part mini-series. I guess I no longer have that concern.
      It would have been nice if it said that in the article above.

  7. that is awesome! the last movie was so sick! this show will be dope too!

  8. Looks very good. Always thought TRON was an exceptional story and better suited to a TV format. I only wish this was not a limited run and they were exploring more of the backstory.

  9. Has the look of Batman Beyond, that neo-noir cityscape, dystopian police state but that ios Tron natural palate anyway black with bright neon. Wonder if they will keep the anti fascist ISO purge subplot going? At some point perhaps final episode that it’s inevitable that Beck will have to fight Tron/ Rinzler or Rinzler is just a showdown assassin for most of it Beck had better realise cause who else where a T on their chest!? If he is impersonating Tron and Flynn returns at the end “ultimate” twist…if not a bit naff it was Beck that “drowned” and…um? In Legacy not Tron