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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