Get ready to enter the Matrix again. Warner Bros. has given the green light to a new Matrix sequel, which will bring back original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss to kick off a new story in the franchise.
The Matrix has already spawned two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, released in 2003 six months apart. Overall, The Matrix series has made $1.6 billion at the global box office, and has spawned video games, animated films, and comic books over the years. The film is now shooting in San Francisco, with a lot more to come over the next year before release.
Now, the franchise is getting a new entry. Here’s everything you need to know about the Matrix sequel.
- The Director: Lana Wachowski is returning to direct the Matrix 4 after previously co-directing the first three Matrix films with her sister Lilly Wachowski. This time around she’ll direct solo.
- The Main Cast: Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss are officially set to return to the franchise in their roles as Neo and Trinity.
- The Story: Plot details are being kept under wraps for now, but Wachowski has said that she’s excited to work on ideas that “Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality, [which] are even more relevant now.”
- The Release Date: The Matrix sequel is set for a May 21, 2021 release, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Funny enough, the movie will go up against another Reeves film, John Wick: Chapter 4, unless it decides to move the date.
- Casting Updates: Due to scheduling issues, Hugo Weaving will not be returning to the franchise to play Agent Smith, one of the most iconic characters from the series. Another character, Lambert Wilson’s Merovingian, is expected to return to the franchise in the new film. Actress Priyanka Chopra is in “final negotiations” to join the film, according to Variety.
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