Garrett Hedlund, like a bunch of other young actors, was on Marvel’s shortlist to play Captain America earlier this year he but removed his name as he thought Tron: Legacy and its potential sequels would be keeping him busy for the next few years anyway.
“I met with the director last year before going to shoot Country Strong. Then, when they’d come in and talked to me about it, we’d just continually pass on it because of scheduling. Also, to be in something that had a second and a third film following it, we felt that TRON already had that, you know. To mix in another heroic character with that was not necessary. In short, we kind of always passed on it. I didn’t really think that was my gig.”
Tronists who have waited 28 years for a sequel will be glad to know their lead actor is as loyal to the franchise as they are. Around the time the Captain America casting was taking place Disney hired writers to begin work on a script for a Tron: Legacy sequel, so Hedlund probably knew his mortgage was sorted for the near future and didn’t need another franchise.