Hopefully you took the red pill, because a fourth installment of The Matrix has been confirmed. Stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will both reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity, but only one of the Wachowski sisters will be involved. Lana Wachowski will write and direct the film, and her sister Lilly is nowhere to be found in any of the news about the revival, besides a brief mention.
“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 said, according to Variety.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering 'The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich. “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.”
Production on the follow-up is said to be starting early next year, and while there is no word on the plot, sources say Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus may be recast with a younger actor.
The Matrix trilogy — The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions — has grossed more than $1.6 billion globally, and the first film in the trilogy just celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Lana and Lilly Wachowski famously both transitioned in the years since the The Matrix, and it’s amazing that one of the biggest blockbusters of all time was created by two trans women. But why isn’t Lily involved in the sequel? Does she think the original trilogy should stand on its own? Does this have anything to do with her leaving Sense8, the Netflix series she created with her sister? Will we ever find out?
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