Olivia Wilde, the comely actress from Fox's House, is excited with a capital "E" to be playing a new character in Tron, the upcoming sequel to 1982's seminal computer movie of the same name—so excited that she squeals when saying she can't tell us ANYTHING about the movie.
Ah, but she does let slip a few tidbits:
—Bruce Boxleitner WILL be in the movie, alongside his Tron co-star Jeff Bridges, both of whom will presumably be reprising their roles from the first movie.
—Director Joseph Kosinski is actually building some massive sets for the movie, representing the virtual world, rather than shooting against green screens. The movie begins shooting in April in Vancouver.
—The movie will make use of face-replacement computer technology last seen in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Speaking on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at a press day in Los Angeles to promote the new episodes of House, Wilde declines politely to answer other questions about her character, her character's name, how her character will be realized, etc. But she has a few things to say, and we've excerpted her exclusive interview with SCI FI Wire below.
Tell us about Tron.
Wilde: Oh, yes! I'm so excited, I can't take it! It's really exciting.
Of course, I'm, you know, in a total cone of silence here, so I can't give you anything interesting. But the film will be just as impressive for our time as it was in 1982 for the original. The technological advances have, of course, been enormous, and the effects that we have access to have been so revolutionary. ... We saw an incredible advancement in technology with the use of the face replacement in Benjamin Button, and I think that is marking some of what's to come, and certainly .... in the direction of Tron. Just as far as people being incredibly innovative and taking huge steps forward as far as using technology to create alternative realities. And I think that it's really going to please people that it's going to be just as kind of huge and shocking and just as much of a new movie-watching experience as the first one was.
And I think it's great that Jeff Bridges is going to be in this one, too.
And Bruce Boxleitner?
Wilde: And, yes, Bruce Boxleitner. He's so fantastic, Bruce. He's been telling us all about the process of making the first one. And it's just great. Like, they were on an entirely black velvet set, wearing white bodysuits that they weren't allowed to sweat in, even though there was a bank of lights so powerful that they caused a brownout in Burbank. So they weren't allowed to sweat. They're running around in white suits on black velvet with these lights. And they were saying terms that for the time had no meaning for them. They didn't know what a "program" was. Bruce was saying they were ... pulling these things out of, like, sci-fi dictionaries. I mean, they had no idea. And actually, they were saying a lot of the technology now that is going into the new film and going into films of today, to them was like a dream at the time, was sort of complete fantasy while they were making Tron 1.
Your character has been described as someone who works in the virtual world to defeat the Master Control Program.
Wilde: I can't confirm or deny that. I tell you, it's not a great description. I don't know who made it up. Someone's grasping for straws there. But ... I'm so excited I wish I could just unload the whole thing on you.
Can you tell us your name?
Wilde: I can't!
Did you shoot while wearing a motion-capture suit?
Wilde: I can't tell you that either. I'm so sorry. ...
Will you be shooting against green screens?
Wilde: They're going to build a huge amount of the set. The director, Joe Kosinski, has made some unbelievable commercials. People can check out his Web site. He's just a really talented guy. And he's a really big fan of using as much sets as you can, because he's an architect as well, so he likes to build these worlds. And with something like Tron, I think it helps to create the environment as much as possible without too much green screen so that these characters can exist within this world, ... with the feel ... as real as possible.
That does sound counterintuitive.
Wilde: Doesn't it? I think, for a lot of the characters, the world of Tron is their only world, and they don't know anything beyond it, and creating a world of Tron that is as intricate and solid as possible kind of helps that along. And I think it's interesting, because it means that when they ... actually created us a set, they can be as ... detailed, and they can use reflections of things. ... Once you get into the world of CGI, it's ... more difficult.
A certain amount of it will be CGI, of course, I think; it's hard to make a lot of the fun toys real. Unless he wants to spend $50 billion on it, which is fine with me.
Do you get to ride a light cycle?
Wilde: [squeals] I can't tell you!!! But I want to! I want to! I'm afraid I'd be murdered before I left the building [laughs]. It's really , really exciting. I know the fans will be really happy with what they're creating.