Tron: Legacy dazzles at Comic-Con

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  • Friday, 23 Jul 2010

SAN DIEGO: The follow-up film to 1982’s Tron wowed the high-tech crowd at Comic-Con. The cast and creators of Tron: Legacy discussed the new film and shared about eight minutes of 3D footage with some 6,000 fans at the annual pop-culture convention here.

The clip centered on the character of Sam Flynn, played by Garrett Hedlund, entering the digital world where his father disappeared decades earlier.

Hedlund is shown being whisked away from the real world, stripped of his clothes and dressed in the glowing suit that has become a symbol of the Tron world.

The actors wore custom-made illuminated suits wired with electricity during filming. “It was an honour to be able to wear something like that,” said star Olivia Wilde. “It was really beautiful.”

Jeff Bridges, who reprises his role as Kevin Flynn from the original film, said, “we were working with black velvet and white adhesive tape” back in the 80s.

The Oscar winner actually plays two characters in Tron: Legacy, including a younger version of himself achieved with computer effects.

Director Joe Kosinski thanked Comic-Con fans for helping make the Tron sequel a reality. He said fan reaction to early sketches from the new film at Comic-Con two years ago helped secure funding for Tron: Legacy.

The film was shot entirely in 3D, Kosinski said, using cameras developed by James Cameron.

Michael Sheen, another star of the film, noted that Tron: Legacy is actually in 4D. “It’s a 4D film because Jeff Bridges brings an extra dimension of awesomeness,” he said.

Bridges said the second film appealed to him for the same reasons the first did 27 years ago. “It tickled the kid in me, to be sucked inside the computer,” he said.

Tron: Legacy opens in the United States in December. Comic-Con continues at the San Diego Convention Centre through this Sunday. — AP


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