Disney XD has provided us with dozens of stills from the upcoming special ‘TRON: Uprising, Beck’s Beginning,’ premiering May 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel. The uninterrupted 30-minute special will then re-air on Disney XD on May 21, to be followed by the ‘TRON: Uprising’ series launch on June 7 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on Disney XD. Viewers will have the opportunity to enter the grid well before the premiere date, however, as the episode will become available on Disney Channel on Demand on May 11, Disney XD’s Facebook page on May 13 and as a free download on iTunes on May 14. Additionally, DisneyXD.com will launch a new side-scrolling adventure-puzzle game, ‘Escape from Argon City,’ in which players help Beck master his light disc throwing skills to defeat General Tesler’s army on May 15.
Directly following the premiere, DisneyXD.com will launch a new interactive video and gaming activity that invites users to immerse themselves in the world of TRON; the special will be split down into 10 micro-episodes in which users take on the role of Beck and help him fight to become the next hero of The Grid.
‘TRON: Uprising, Beck’s Beginning’ introduces 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. Labeled with the moniker of The Renegade, Beck sparks a revolution to fight for the freedom of The Grid.
Then on June 7, the ‘TRON: Uprising’ series debuts with ‘The Renegade Part 1.’ In the series premiere, Beck’s training with Tron is interrupted when he’s captured by a Recognizer patrol and sent to the Coliseum to fight in the games. There Beck meets a fellow prisoner Cutler, a fierce warrior program who has been inspired by The Renegade’s actions. Recharged by their shared passion for freedom, Beck and Cutler fight their way out of the deadly disc games. Meanwhile, Zed and Mara head out for night on the town, but run into trouble when an enchanted Zed is lured away by Perl (voiced by Kate Mara), a program from the wrong side of the tracks.
Directly following the on-air premiere, ‘The Renegade Part 2’ will be available on DisneyXD.com, along with a new game titled ‘Renegade Strike,’ in which users take on the identity of The Renegade and defend The Grid from Clu and General Tesler.
‘TRON: Uprising’ stars Elijah Wood as Beck, Bruce Boxleitner as Tron, Mandy Moore as Mara, Emmanuelle Chriqui as Paige, Nate Corddry as Zed, Lance Henriksen as General Tesler, Reginald VelJohnson as Able, Paul Reubens as Pavel and Tricia Helfer as The Grid.
Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series is executive-produced and directed by Charlie Bean (‘Robotboy,’ ‘Samurai Jack’ and ‘Powerpuff Girls’) with Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz (both screenwriters of TRON: Legacy / executive producers of ABC’s ‘Lost’ and ‘Once Upon a Time’) and Justin Springer (co-producer of TRON: Legacy) as consulting producers. The music is composed by Joseph Trapanese (TRON: Legacy).
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