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Elijah Wood Talks Tron

From LOTR to the Grid

By Robert T. Trate     May 28, 2012
Source: Hollywood Reporter

The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit star tells THR about playing an "everyman individual faced with extraordinary consequences" in the new animated series.

After playing Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings films, Elijah Wood is no stranger to playing characters who struggle to deal with a destiny that’s larger than themselves. Wood revisits that territory again on the small screen in TRON: Uprising, an animated series in which he plays Beck, a humble mechanic enlisted by Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) to lead a revolution after an act of civil disobedience puts him in the crosshairs of the authorities.

Wood tells THR that it’s less his past experience as Frodo than the familiarity of the hero’s journey that primed him for what his character does in the series. “I think it’s a relatively familiar archetype,” he said. “A hero construct of an everyman individual that’s faced with extraordinary consequences and ultimately takes the mantle and responsibility of something he never thought was possible.”

Although Wood admits that he came to TRON late, he says that jumping into the show, which takes place between the 1982 TRON and its 2010 sequel TRON: Legacy, excited him because of its mix of old and new myth making. “This was exciting to me not because it was familiar, but because it existed within the world of TRON,” he said.

“I was thrilled that they were making an animated series that not only dealt with the mythology and universe that had already been established, but they were also going to tell stories that existed chronologically between the first and second film."

Watch the video above for more details about his character, and his preparation for TRON: Uprising. The show premieres on Disney XD on June 7, 2012.

Check out the first episode here on Mania.com.

 

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metalpause 5/28/2012 2:59:15 PM

 Watched the first episode over the weekend. It was really, really awesome! 

GothicStorm 5/28/2012 5:25:41 PM

I missed it, but I'm not really going to plan my schedule around it or anything silly like that. Glad to see someone thought it was good though.

I'll try and catch it next weekend.

DarthBob 5/29/2012 4:36:37 AM

I watched the first episode and thought it was well done.  I've lost my taste for animated fare though; I guess I'm just getting old and lame.

Dazzler 5/31/2012 3:56:28 AM

I did not realize they did a prequel on this, midquel?  I was hoping it was a furthing of the story.  When will creators realize that prequels in general suck.  Lucas really is to blame for that and making it "popular" with studios and not fans. 

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