TORONTO, ONTARIO— The future belongs to a hero in Disney XD’s new animated series TRON: Uprising. Set in the era of TRON between the 1982 feature film and Walt Disney Studios’ TRON: Legacy, TRON: Uprising follows the heroic journey of a young program named Beck, who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution. The games begin on Saturday, June 23 at 2 p.m. ET with back-to-back premiere episodes.
TRON: Uprising introduces viewers to Beck, a young mechanic living in Argon City, a growing metropolis in a far off corner of The Grid that has just been occupied by General Tesler, a henchman of the notorious Clu. After his best friend Bodhi is ruthlessly derezzed by Clu’s army, Beck seeks justice for his lost friend and launches a crusade against the regime. His rebellion captures the attention of Tron, the greatest warrior The Grid has ever known, who sees the potential in Beck and trains him to be his successor.
In the premiere episode “The Renegade Part 1,” Beck’s training with Tron is interrupted when he is captured by a Recognizer patrol and sent to the Coliseum to fight in the games. There, Beck joins forces with fellow prisoner Cutler, a fierce warrior program, to fight their way out of the deadly disc competition. Following the premiere, TRON: Uprising will air in its regular timeslot on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET behind Disney XD’s turbo-charged animated series, Motorcity.
In a total grid takeover, DisneyXD.ca has launched a dedicated TRON: Uprising supersite where viewers can watch “TRON: Uprising, Beck’s Beginning,” a 30-minute prelude to the series that sees Beck set out on a mission to free his home and liberate his friends. Visitors to DisneyXD.ca can help Beck evade General Tesler’s menacing guards by playing the new “Escape from Argon City” game; more TRON: Uprising themed games being unveiled on the supersite throughout the summer. Disney XD OnDemand also offers new episodes of TRON: Uprising as they become available weekly starting June 26.
TRON: Uprising stars Elijah Wood (The Lord of The Rings) as Beck, Bruce Boxleitner (TRON: Legacy) as Tron, Mandy Moore (Tangled) as Mara, Montreal-born Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage) as Paige, Nate Corddry (Yogi Bear) as Zed, Lance Henriksen (Alien, Millennium) as General Tesler, Reginald VelJohnson (Family Matters) as Able, Paul Reubens (Pee-wee’s Big Adventure) as Pavel and Alberta-native Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as the voice of The Grid.
Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series is executive-produced and directed by Charlie Bean (Robotboy, Samurai Jack and Powerpuff Girls). Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (both screenwriters of TRON: Legacy and executive producers of Lost and Once Upon a Time) developed the series for Disney XD and serve as consulting producers with Justin Springer (co-producer of TRON: Legacy). The music is composed by Joseph Trapanese (TRON: Legacy).