There are still a bunch of great movies coming this year, but all the way up at the top of my list is “Tron Legacy.” Disney’s December release is still a long away off, but the original film remains a sci-fi classic and the sequel looks to ramp things up considerably if the trailers are any indication.
The latest trailer is highlighted by a helmet-off reveal of Jeff Bridges as Clu 2.0, wearing the same face that he did when “Tron” was released 18 years ago thanks to the magic of digital technology. Speaking to Bridges at San Diego Comic-Con last week, MTV’s Josh Horowitz asked what it was like to revive this past version of himself for the coming sequel.
“It was very exciting to be a part of that,” he said. “That was one of the reasons that got me involved in ’Tron’ in the first place, to be a part of that cutting-edge technology. This one takes it to the Nth degree, really.”
As ahead of its time as “Tron” was, “Legacy” is nonetheless multiple evolutions ahead in terms of the technology it employs. Bridges’ younger first isn’t quite a perfect reproduction, but it’s so close that it’s possible to simply step across the uncanny valley.
“Playing the young [version of myself], we did a lot of work in a space called The Volume where you record your motion capture work,” Bridges explained. “That was a completely unique experience for me, I had never done that. It’s great to be able to play a character in a story any age you want now. I could play my character when he’s four years old now; that’s a great thing to be able to do.”