Everyone was totally caught off guard when news of a new installment in The Matrix franchise was announced back in August. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity for the sequel, but only Lana Wachowski is said to be coming back to direct, with Lily Wachowski seemingly sitting this one out. But along with familiar faces returning in The Matrix 4 cast, there will be some new ones in the mix too, and one of them is Aquaman villain Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
Variety has word on Yahya Abdul-Mateen II joining The Matrix 4 cast. As for who he is playing, that hasn’t been made clear. While there have been rumors of a young Morpheus being involved in the story somehow, reporter Justin Kroll said he couldn’t get confirmation on that. Here’s what he wrote on Twitter:
That said, a couple insiders added that even if he isn't play a version of Morphius, there is still a strong possibility he would be playing someone connected to the character like a son or nephew but for now its unknown
— Justin Kroll @krolljvar October 9, 2019
Laurence Fishburne played the role of Morpheus in The Matrix and the two sequels that followed. If Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are both reprising their roles in The Matrix 4, then why couldn’t Fishburne return in his same role as well? Perhaps that’s why there’s a chance Abdul-Mateen may be playing a character with ties to Morpheus instead of a young version of the character.
Abdul-Mateen has been on a hot streak lately: there was his somewhat underdeveloped role as Black Manta in Aquaman, a supporting role in Jordan Peele’s Us, and a starring role in an episode of Black Mirror. Next we’ll see him in HBO’s new Watchmen series, and he’s also taking on the lead role in Candyman, the forthcoming remake of the horror property that is being produced by Jordan Peele. Plus, he’s got a role in Aaron Sorkin’s Trial of the Chicago 7.
As for the return of The Matrix franchise, it’s hard to know what to expect with plot details being kept under tight wraps. However, with a script from Wachowski, Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell already complete, Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures are hoping to begin production sometime in early 2020. While I’m extremely curious about The Matrix 4, I must say that not having both of the Wachowskis back behind the camera makes me a little cautious. Why is Lana Wachowski returning while Lily Wachowski is staying away? Hopefully this won’t feel like a cash grab revival and actually has a good reason for jacking back in.
Heads up, sci-fi loves because The Matrix 4 just got a whole lot more interesting. Not that the prospect of this movie happening in the first place isn't interesting enough, but considering that little to nothing is known about it, any information comes at a premium right now. As such, knowing that the project is looking to cast an actor as a young version of Neo is intriguing. Not only that, but Warner Bros. and director Lana Wachowski are hoping to begin filming in February 2020.
This new bit of info comes from Variety report Justin Kroll. The journalist was recently a guest on a podcast and, at one point, the subject of The Matrix 4 came up. It had been previously revealed that Keanu Reeves was set to return as Neo, and it had also been reported that the studio was looking to cast a young Morpheus. According to Kroll, we should be hearing word very soon on both the Neo and Morpheus front. Here's what he had to say about it.
"Now I think within the next week or two we'll have young Morpheus and young Neo news coming up. Because I know Lana's meeting with people quite aggressively because they want to shoot that in February."
With that in mind, it could help shed some light on the plot. Long before the sequel was officially announced, there were abundant rumors that the Wachowskis were looking to possibly tackle a prequel set in the same universe as The Matrix. It sounds very much like The Matrix 4 will be heading back to the past, in addition to picking up with the same characters we know from the original trilogy. It's also worth mentioning that Carrie-Anne Moss is said to be reprising her role as Trinity as well. Does this mean we can also expect to see a young Trinity? For now, we're left with more questions than answers.
The real question becomes, who could possibly play a young Neo alongside Keanu Reeves? No actors have been named just yet, so all we can do is hopelessly speculate. The same goes for Morpheus, as no specific stars have come up. Though, it was rumored way back when that Michael B. Jordan was being eyed for the part before Warner Bros. officially announced that it was happening.
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What we know for sure is that Lana Wachowski is directing solo this time around, as her sister Lily Wachowski is not involved, at least not as far as has been reported. Wachowski co-wrote the script alongside Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. The Matrix, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, remains a landmark achievement in sci-fi cinema, even if the sequels didn't quite reach that same level, in the eyes of many fans. The Matrix 4 does not yet have a release date set, but we'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. For more, check out the latest episode of the My Mom's Basement podcast.
“The Matrix 4” is shaping up to be a major event, with Lana Wachowski at the helm to direct and co-write alongside fiction writers Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell, one of the most visionary sci-fi writers of our time. But another artist has joined the ranks.
Cinematographer John Toll will lens the fourth installment in “The Matrix” franchise. He is an Academy Award winner for “Braveheart” and “Legends of the Fall,” and was also nominated for Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line.” Toll also shot Ang Lee’s box-office failure “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” at an extra-high frame rate of 120 frames per second, an experiment that Lee will tinker with once again for “Gemini Man.”
Wachowski previously worked with Toll on the much-maligned “Jupiter Ascending,” the shuttered Netflix series “Sense8,” and the ambitious “Cloud Atlas,” based on the time-hopping novel by “Matrix 4” scribe David Mitchell.
The latest entry in “The Matrix” series will reunite stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss. The groundbreaking 1999 film is about to re-enter theaters in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering 'The Matrix' with Lana,” said Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich in a statement earlier this week. “Lana [Wachowski] is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in 'The Matrix' universe.”
The word is still out if Lana's sister, Lilly Wachowski, will be involved in the project, but in a statement to Variety, her sister's contributions were still top of mind. “Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I'm very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Lana Wachowski said.
Over the course of the three previous “Matrix” films, which include “The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” and “The Matrix Revolutions,” the franchise pulled in more than $1.6 billion at the global box office. However, the sequels were met with critical derision, which means “Matrix 4” may be an opportunity for Wachowski to rewrite history.
It's officially official: The Matrix 4 is happening. After several years of rumors, hearsay and speculation, Warner Bros. has officially announced that a sequel in the iconic franchise is coming our way.
What's more, Keanu Reeves is set to reprise his role as Neo, with Carrie-Anne Moss also coming back as Trinity. Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the original trilogy with her sister Lily Wachowski, is on board to direct and co-write the script.
According to a new report, Lana Wachowski is officially signed on to direct the fourth installment, flying solo this time around. Wachowski will co-write the screenplay with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. We had previously heard that Zak Penn had been hired to pen a potential follow-up. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich confirmed the news personally. Emmerich had this to say in a statement.
We could not be more excited to be re-entering 'The Matrix' with Lana. Lana is a true visionary, a singular and original creative filmmaker, and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in 'The Matrix' universe."
It isn't clear at the present time why Lilly Wachowski isn't returning alongside her sister for the new movie. It was previously suggested by John Wick franchise director Chad Stahelski that a new Matrix movie was in the works. Stahelski worked as a stuntman on the original trilogy. Those reports were quickly walked back. Though, it now appears he was right. Lana Wachowski had this to say in a statement.
"Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I'm very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends."
Plot details for the sequel are currently being kept under wraps. Previous reports indicated that the new movie rumored to be in development would have been a prequel, with Michael B. Jordan Black Panther possibly set to star. With both Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss set to return, this will be a true sequel. It's not yet clear if other stars of the franchise such as Laurence Fishbourne, who played Morpheus, will also be returning.
The Matrix, released in 1999, was a groundbreaking and heralded cinematic achievement at the time of its release. The sci-fi flick went on to inspire two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both of which are maligned by many fans of the original. The three movies grossed a combined $1.63 billion at the box office. Given the recent resurgence of Keanu Reeves, coupled with Hollywood's reboot-happy nature, the timing seems perfect to bring Neo back to the big screen for a bit of redemption. The Matrix 4 does not yet have a release date. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the project are made available. This news comes to us via Variety.
The Matrix is, apparently, still online. Variety reports that a fourth feature in the beloved sci-fi franchise is in the works, and unlike previously rumored projects, this one can boast the return of both stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss along with one-half of the series’ original sibling filmmaking duo, with Lana Wachowski set to write and direct the feature.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement on Tuesday.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering 'The Matrix' with Lana,” said Emmerich in a statement to Variety. “Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in 'The Matrix' universe.”
The film’s script has also been written by Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. Wachowski will produce the film with Grant Hill. Variety reports that soruces say the film will likely begin production in early 2020.
There’s no word yet if Lana’s sister, Lilly Wachowski, will be involved in the project, but in a statement to Variety, her sister’s contributions were still top of mind. “Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I'm very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Wachowski told Variety.
Earlier this year, Reeves’ “John Wick” director and former stuntman Chad Stahelski made waves when he told Yahoo Movies UK that the Wachowskis were set to return to their iconic franchise for another go-round. Soon after the interview was posted, however, Stahelski’s reps said he had been speaking hypothetically. Apparently not.
“I'm super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a 'Matrix,' but they're expanding what we all loved,” Stahelski told Yahoo Movies UK in May. “And if it's anywhere near the level of what they've already done, it wouldn't take more than a call to go, 'Hey, we want you to be a stunt guy' and I would probably go and get hit by a car.”
News broke in March 2017 that Warner Bros. was eyeing a “Matrix” reboot with Michael B. Jordan in contention for the leading role. That project appears to now no longer be in the offing.
Over the course of the three previous “Matrix” films —“The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” and “The Matrix Revolutions” — the franchise pulled in more than $1.6 billion at the global box office. All three films were written and directed by Lana and her sister, Lilly, and starred Reeves and Moss.
As if you needed another excuse to feel old this year, The Wachowski siblings' hit sci-fi action movie The Matrix starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano turns 20. Yup, go ahead and read that again, The Matrix turns 20 years old this year. And to celebrate the film's anniversary, the powers that be behind the scenes are unleashing the classic back into select theaters for one week at more than 135 Dolby Cinema AMC locations beginning on August 30th.
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Matrix, back in Dolby Cinema at AMC 8/30-9/5. Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity have been captured by a race of machines that live off of the humans' body heat and electrochemical energy and who imprison their minds within an artificial reality known as the Matrix. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must return to the Matrix and confront the agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to snuffing out Neo and the entire human rebellion.
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Senior vice president of Dolby Laboratories' Cinema Business Group, Doug Darrow, said in a statement.
"Bringing The Matrix to life in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos pays homage to the masterpiece that the Wachowskis created 20 years ago. Movie lovers will be able to see and experience unforgettable sequences like bullets flying in slow motion with the utmost detail - transforming one of the most iconic sci-fi films of this generation."
Like a handful of you fellow movie fans out there, I actually saw The Wachowski's The Matrix in theaters when it took the world by surprise and by storm back in 1999. I was in high school. Granted it was in my very first year of high school, but still. Has it really been that long? Heaven help us. Anyhow, as you might imagine, as a 14-year-old little dude, seeing Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss take on a SWAT team-filled-lobby on the big screen kicked all the ass off of my eyeballs. Not to mention the other 120 some-odd minutes of the movie.
I remember I was graduated from high school and working my dream job as an usher at my local multiplex when the sequel The Matrix Reloaded hit back in 2003. What a time that was, I'll tell you. As a member of the staff at my local theater, I was able to see the movie a good week before the public. How did I pull that off, you might ask? Well, all of us employees had to watch the prints of the movies we got shipped to make sure there were no issues with reels. This was, of course, back when, you know, movies were shipped to theaters on actual reels of celluloid. Again, God, I feel old.
Anyhow, now a whole new generation of moviegoers will be able to experience The Wachowski's The Matrix on the big screen for the first time, and that warms this here fanboy's heart. So if you are one of the peeps out there that was too young for R-rated movies back when the original film hit in 1999, make sure to clear your calendar and check out the film on the big screen later this month. You won't be disappointed. Once again for the cheap seats, Lana and Lilly Wachowski's The Matrix will be returning to select theaters for one week to celebrate its 20th anniversary at more than 135 Dolby Cinema AMC locations beginning on August 30th. You can go ahead and snag your tickets right over here.