Elijah Wood is a very busy young man, starring on the weekly series Wilfred, reprising his role of Frodo for the Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit, and voicing the character of Beck for Disney XD TRON: Uprising.
The animated series is set in the mythology of the TRON universe, taking place after the 1982 feature film and before the events of TRON: Legacy.
This show delves inside the computer world of The Grid, focusing on the programs that live there. Wood plays Beck, a young mechanic, living in Argon City, in a far off corner of The Grid, that has just been occupied by a power hungry dictator, General Tesler (Lance Henriksen), a henchman of the notorious Clu. After Beck’s best friend, Bohdi, is ruthlessly derezzed by Clu’s army, Beck seeks justice for him, becoming the most unlikely leader of the resistance, with the moniker of The Renegade.
His rebellion captures the attention of Tron (Bruce Boxleitner), the legendary protector of The Grid, who recruits him as his apprentice.
I spoke with Elijah about his venture into the iconic mythology of the TRON universe.
How aware were you of the TRON mythology before? Had you seen the original film?
I was relatively aware of it. It wasn’t something that I really grew up with. TRON came out in ’82 and I was born in ’81. But I was always aware of TRON growing up, probably from seeing bits of the film and videogames. It has been kept alive in nerd culture for a long time. So I’ve always been aware of it.
I also remember a number of years ago, that there was a teaser for TRON: Legacy before they finally made the movie. That kind of put it back in my consciousness again, that there was all this anticipation, this groundswell of love for the original film and this excitement that they were going to be revisiting the world again.
So I became one of those people who were very excited that they were going to jump back into this world with many of the people who had been in the first one.
Did you see TRON: Legacy?
I loved Legacy. So when I was approached to be a part of this I definitely was familiar and excited at the notion that they were going to be telling stories within the universe, chronologically between the first and second films, and that there would be some kind of connective tissue to what they’d already done in the films.
Sometimes these things are done as offshoots and they don’t always have connections to what’s already been established. That sometimes is a shame when you’ve got people who really love and appreciate the mythology that’s already been created. So I was really pleased about that as well.
Continued on page 2 for part two, and video of Elijah telling about his character Beck!