Tron 3: An Updated Cast List For Ares, Including Jared Leto And Evan Peters

 Ares looking back in Tron: Ares.
Ares looking back in Tron: Ares.
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It seems like Tron 3 has been in development for forever, with over a decade separating the Disney three-quel from Tron: Legacy. But the gears have been turning pretty fast for the film finally confirmed to be titledTron: Ares. With Jared Leto and Evan Peters kicking off the casting for this long-awaited follow-up, the doors are open for all sorts of new talent to sign on.

From this point on, we’re about to run down the cast list for Tron’s next adventure, which is slated to hit theaters in October 2025! You’ll definitely want to keep tabs on the information we’re about to present, as it’s bound to change from time to time. That having been said, let’s get up to speed with the who’s who of the world once run by CLU.

Jared Leto sits with a menacing look in Blade Runner 2036: Nexus Dawn.
Jared Leto sits with a menacing look in Blade Runner 2036: Nexus Dawn.

Jared Leto

The first cast member to sign up for Tron 3 was a recent addition to the Disney family, actor Jared Leto. Currently, you can see him raising all sorts of hell in Disney’s Haunted Mansion adventure as the Hat Box Ghost. However, before that movie even went into production, Leto was cast in 2020 to become a part of this new chapter in Encom history.

Cue the stories of how the Morbius actor was getting ripped for his new role, as well as that time he may have accidentally leaked the Tron: Ares title way ahead of the game in 2020. The point is, even in the real world, it feels like Jared Leto helped keep the fires of this world burning. Though inside of that fictional universe, he might be the one to burn it all down.

Playing an artificial intelligence that’s trying to make its way into the human world, Jared Leto sounds like he’ll be Tron 3's functional villain. However, who can really say, as these movies have featured AI in both heroic and villainous ways. Still, as the titular character Ares, Leto is initiating a moment that humanity isn’t exactly prepared for, that sort of talk is the greatest sign of being an ally to our world.

Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer at a trial in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer at a trial in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

Evan Peters

With Jared Leto as the foundation on which Tron: Ares’ cast has been built, it took a couple of years before we learned about any other players set to join him. That changed very quickly in 2023, and it started with the announcement of Evan Peters’ Tron 3 casting.

Another Disney vet, thanks to his role in Wandavision, Peters came on board as the first in a wave of several announcements that happened around the same time. Details on the Tron character Evan Peters was picked for are scarce.

However, THR did mention some interesting details in its reporting of the deal. Apparently, he may be playing a character that is speculated to be “a soldier in the computer world and an awkward gamer in the human world." So if Jared Leto is our villain, then Peter's unspecified lead might be the hero.

Greta Lee in Past Lives
Greta Lee in Past Lives

Greta Lee

Continuing the train of good news for those wondering what’s going on with Tron 3, was a double shot of casting that happened at the same time. Coming off of the success of A24’s Past Lives, as well as reprising her role of Lyla in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Greta Lee was the first of two female leads cast for this Disney adventure.

As Ms. Lee was drafted into the world of Tron, we also got a glimpse into who her character will be. Since those sorts of details are a bit rare, learning that Greta will be playing “a video game programmer and tech company CEO who aims to protect her world-changing technology” was a bit of a game changer.

Whether this is a new company, or if Greta Lee’s character is the new face of ENCOM management, is an intriguing question that currently does not have an answer. Especially if Tron: Ares somehow ties into previous adventures like Tron: Legacy, which saw the landmark computer company run by Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund).

Jodie Turner-Smith sits in uniform, in a conference room, in Tom Clancy's Without Remorse.
Jodie Turner-Smith sits in uniform, in a conference room, in Tom Clancy's Without Remorse.

Jodie Turner-Smith

As Tron 3 scored two female leads at the same time, those two announcements were handily rolled into a single event. So when Greta Lee was revealed to be part of this digital/physical hybrid world, so was Jodie Turner-Smith.

Seen in action films like Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, as well as being lined up for the dark Star Wars spinoff series The Acolyte, Turner-Smith is another performer who seems to be sticking with her new Disney family. Unfortunately, her character details haven’t been unveiled as of yet; so we’re not sure which side of the screen she shall be representing in Tron: Ares.

Cameron Monaghan stands in a bar, looking uncertain, in Shameless.
Cameron Monaghan stands in a bar, looking uncertain, in Shameless.

Cameron Monaghan

Shameless and Gotham star Cameron Monaghan is yet another Disney-adjacent actor lined up for Tron 3's fight between Program and User. Monaghan is also a familiar face to Star Wars fans, thanks to his role in Jedi: Fallen Order.

News of Monaghan's involvement broke via Deadline, and that’s about all there is to report at this moment. This next Tron film is pretty selective with what information is revealed to the public, so it’s unsurprising that this is yet another case of specifics being played close to the identity disc.

It is also hard not to think of the actor's bonkers Gotham performance, and how that Joker-esque energy could best be used to create a wild card on The Grid similar to Michael Sheen's Castor in Tron: Legacy. At least, one can truly hope for such madness.

Gillian Anderson on The Fall
Gillian Anderson on The Fall

Gillian Anderson

As far as the world of sci-fi goes, Gillian Anderson is practically royalty. Thanks to her long-running role as the skeptical Dana Scully on The X-Files, genre fans have long held Ms. Anderson in high regard. With general audiences doing the same, thanks to her roles on The Crown and Sex Education, Gillian’s presence on the Tron: Ares roster is something that needs celebrating, and definitely hints at a new authority figure in this universe.

Hasan Minhaj in Haunted Mansion
Hasan Minhaj in Haunted Mansion

Hasan Minhaj

Well well well, another Disney vet here to represent! Fresh off of his role in 2023’s Haunted Mansion reboot, comedian Hasan Minhaj is another addition that could probably bring his own mouse ears to the Tron: Ares set. As you can guess, the details on The Morning Show star’s role are under tight encryption, but to be honest, it’s just really cool to see another comedic talent on hand for some potential levity.

Arturo Castro in The Menu.
Arturo Castro in The Menu.

Arturo Castro

Racking up credits on series like The Recruit and The Terminal List, as well as through movies such as The Menu and Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, actor Arturo Castro is a versatile talent. Though audiences will next see him in Amazon’s Road House remake, Castro has secured himself his own segment of Tron: Ares real estate. So sing along with this next part if you know it…but his role in this new project is classified, and requires Level 7 access.

Sarah Desjardins holding up a newspaper in a dimly lit room as proof of life in The Night Agent.
Sarah Desjardins holding up a newspaper in a dimly lit room as proof of life in The Night Agent.

Sarah Desjardins

Another mysterious presence in Tron: Ares is that of Canadian actor Sarah Desjardins. A veteran of hit TV series like Yellowjackets and The Night Agent, Ms. Desjardins’ addition to the cast of this long awaited three-quel is shrowded in secrecy. As such, we’ll have to wait to find out who she’ll be playing in the grand scheme of things.

Jeff Bridges wields his powers on The Grid in Tron: Legacy.
Jeff Bridges wields his powers on The Grid in Tron: Legacy.

Jeff Bridges

Last, but most certainly not least, is an addition that many fans have been hoping for since the day Tron 3 was announced. Spilling the beans during a podcast appearance in late April 2024, Jeff Bridges announced his return to The Grid for Ares! Naturally this more than likely means that Kevin Flynn will be making an appearance in this new adventure, but the real question is how?

While Tron: Ares has officially wrapped production to meet its October 10, 2025 release date, there’s plenty of time to learn the secrets of The Grid (grid, grid, grid). Using your Disney+ subscription, the world of Tron is completely at your fingertips. So if you’re someone who’s a loyal warrior for the User, or a newcomer who wants to know what the fuss is about, you’re covered in either case. End of Line.