Jodie Turner-Smith, renowned for her role in the 2019 crime movie “Queen & Slim,” has officially joined the cast of “Tron: Ares,” the highly anticipated third installment of Disney’s groundbreaking Tron franchise.
The cyber adventure has already secured Jared Leto, Greta Lee, and Evan Peters as part of its star-studded lineup and is scheduled to commence shooting in Vancouver in August. Directing the film is Joachim Ronning, known for his work on “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” and co-directing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
The original Tron film was released by Disney in 1982, featuring Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, a video game designer who finds himself transported into his own creation. He teams up with Tron, a security program portrayed by Bruce Boxleitner. Bridges reprised his role for the 2010 sequel, “Tron: Legacy.”
While the previous two movies primarily took place within the realm of computers and programs, the script for “Tron: Ares,” penned by Jesse Wigutow and Jack Thorne, delves into the emergence of a sentient program that breaches into the human world, an encounter the unprepared society is ill-equipped to handle.
Jared Leto, who has been attached to the project for several years, is set to portray Ares, the embodiment of the program. Greta Lee will assume the leading role, playing a video game programmer and tech CEO. As for Jodie Turner-Smith, her specific character remains undisclosed at this time.
“Tron: Ares” is being produced by Justin Springer, Jeffrey Silver, Emma Ludbrook, and Jared Leto through their production company, Paradox, with Russell Allen serving as the executive producer.
Turner-Smith gained recognition for her performances in TNT’s drama series “The Last Ship” and SyFy’s space horror drama “Nightflyers” before garnering critical acclaim for her role in “Queen & Slim,” directed by Melina Matsoukas and written by Lena Waithe. She was last seen in Netflix’s “Murder Mystery 2” alongside Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston and will soon appear in the Disney+ Star Wars series, “The Acolyte.”
Jodie Turner-Smith is represented by UTA, 111 Media, and Johnson Shapiro.