If you were one of those people watching 'TRON: Legacy' wondering what Cillian Murphy was doing there in such a minor, uncredited role, we're getting closer to an official answer. Speculators presumed immediately that Murphy, who appears early on during the ENCOM boardroom scene but is never brought back into the story, was holding his place for 'TRON 3,' for which he'd be the villain.

This makes sense given that he's named as Edward Dillinger, making him the son of the original 'TRON' villain of the same name (played by David Warner), and of course Murphy is often a bad guy these days. Now we get the next hint that Murphy's Junior Dillinger will be back for the next sequel: an Easter egg on the 'TRON: Legacy' Blu-ray (out next Tuesday). The following video features a conversation between the two Dillingers, including a vocal reprisal from Warner:

Or is that really the senior Ed Dillinger? Ed Jr. calls him Dad, but the screen name implies Master Control Program (also Warner), the rogue avatar-like creation of Dillinger's who formerly ruled over the computer mainframe. MCP also would end his conversations with both Dillinger and Sark (his henchman program, also played by Warner), with the words "end of line," just as the chat in this video is concluded.

So, we can surmise that Murphy will return for the next installment, but what about MCP, who seemed to be killed in the first film? We'll have to wait and see. And bad reviews for 'TRON: Legacy' aside, there are surely a lot of us looking forward to another movie. 'Legacy' is every bit as good as it needs to be, and with Murphy more prominent in part three, we imagine that film will be even better.

[via /Film and Geek Tyrant]