Variety has just confirmed that the beloved sci-fi franchise 'The Matrix' will be getting a fourth installment, more than 16 years after the last film was released. The sequel will be both written and directed by Lana Wachowski, and will star the legendary Keanu Reeves in the lead role as Neo.
Variety also reports that "execs are looking a variety of actors" to play a young Morpheus, a character that was originated by Laurence Fishburne.
“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. “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.”
With the growing influence of social media and technology, Wachowski believes that the dystopian series is more relevant now than ever before:
“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now," she said. "I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends."
A new Matrix movie has been rumoured for years, but Matrix stuntman and John Wick director Chad Stahelski may have given away the surprise back in May.
"I’m super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a Matrix, but they’re expanding what we all loved," Stahelski said in an interview with Yahoo. "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."
"If they wanted help, I would absolutely put down whatever I was doing to help them," he said. It's worth pointing out that Lana's sister, Lilly Wachowski, is not currently attached to the project.