'Dahmer' Star Evan Peters Joins Jared Leto in Disney's 'Tron 3'

‘Dahmer’ Star Evan Peters Joins Jared Leto in Disney’s ‘Tron 3’

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Welcome to the grill, Evan Peters.

The actor, who generated acclaim for his portrayal of the title character in Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, has closed a deal to star opposite Jared Leto in Tron: Aresthe third installment in Disney’s technologically advanced film series.

Joachim Rønning is directing the film which is scheduled to start shooting in August in Vancouver. Getting filming off the ground would be a coup for the studio, which has been trying to make a Tron 3 for over a decade and turn Tron in an authentic brand and franchise.

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Disney released the original Tron in 1982, with Jeff Bridges as video game designer Kevin Flynn, who is transported inside his own creation and collaborates with Tron, a security program played by Bruce Boxleitner. The film was not considered a box office success, but earned two Academy Award nominations. Ironically, none were for the visual effects, which is one of the aspects the film became known for when it became a cult hit.

The studio finally made a sequel in 2010, Tron: Legacywhich was directed from the future Top Gun: nonconformist director Joseph Kosinsky. The one starring Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde and brought back Bridges. That film, too, didn’t exactly light up the box office as the studio had hoped, though it once again pushed visual effects and anti-aging technology.

A sequel to Inheritance had been in the works on and off, with the Inheritance returning characters. Eventually, this was scrapped and a new management was established.

While the previous two films were largely set in the world of computers and programs, the screenplay of Areswritten by Jesse Wigutow and Jack Thorne, it is said to focus on the emergence of a sentient program that traverses the human world that is not ready for contact.

Leto, who has been linked to the project for several years, will play Ares, the manifestation of the program.

It’s unclear who Peters will play, though the script calls for a soldier in the computer world and an awkward gamer in the human world.

Emma Ludbrook, Jeffrey Springer and Leto are producing. Russell Allen is the executive producer.

Peters caught the attention of many moviegoers with a memorable part in Bryan Singer’s acclaimed film X-Men: Days of Future Past where he played Peter Maximoff, aka the speedy hero known as Quicksilver, which he reprized in the not very popular X-Men: Apocalypse AND X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

It’s in his television work that he’s shown his talents, however, whether it’s part of Ryan Murphy’s repertoire in multiple seasons of the horror anthology american horror story or appear on HBO Easttown marethe latter earned him an Emmy in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Anthology Series or Movie category.

He scored high marks for his portrayal of serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer in the Murphy-produced True Crime series and should be a major player in the Emmy race now underway. Monster became Netflix’s second most-watched series of all time when it released last fall, and Peters won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Peters is represented by CAA and Johnson Shapiro.