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Jeff Bridges No Longer Working On TRON Sequel?

By TronFAQ on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 at 3:48 AM
Rumors currently circulating the internet suggest that Jeff Bridges — who played the lead character in the original TRON film, hacker extraordinaire Kevin Flynn — will no longer appear in the sequel. No reason was given for his departure.

Word is that the film's producers are now scrambling to find a replacement for Jeff, and that their leading pick to replace him is none other than his own brother, Beau Bridges.

If true, this news definitely comes as something of a disappointment. Now, if anyone could replace Jeff, it would be Beau. They're both great actors. But it just won't be quite the same, if it isn't the wise-cracking Flynn played by Jeff that we all knew and quoted endlessly throughout our childhoods.

Until the rumors can be verified, I won't be adding this news to the massive TRON sequel news post that I'm keeping up to date.

UPDATE: Thanks go out to Mr. Sinistar, for finding what is apparently the original source of these rumors.
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5 comments so far.

  1. Daud Nam April 01, 2009 5:31 AM
    Oh Lord, thanks for sharing this news !

    Anyway, you're right, this one should definitely not swim in the same water as your sequel news post ;)
    Gratz from France
  2. Groundswell April 01, 2009 7:14 AM
    I'm taking a poll to see what Tron fans think Disney should name the new Tron film. Thanks for sharing the link with your readers http://www.squidoo.com/TR2N
  3. TheReelTodd April 01, 2009 7:37 AM
    Beau Bridges as Kevin Flynn? I'd buy that for a dollar! lol

    Great story TronFAQ. The "original source" left quite an impression and will stick in my head for a long, long time now. he he
  4. Ionreflex April 01, 2009 11:45 PM
    I'm no fish for that bait!
  5. tomzer1 April 02, 2009 9:28 PM
    Let's say this news would be true. It'd be a big hurt for the film. Losing Jeff would be a $30 Mill loss at the box office. Why? Look at the Comic Con trailer. Most of those fans are also into Bridges as "The Dude" and would go to see the film just because of that. You'd loose "The Big Lebowski" cult who would go to the film on spec just because he's in it.

    Not to mention how hurt we Tron fans would be to have that rug pulled out from under us as the miracle of this thing finally coming together is happening.

    Perhaps there's some negotiation friction. The best time for a big actor to suddenly bulk at contract terms is just as shooting gets underway for a bit.

    We'll see...I hope it's just "Fools" bait.

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