I think we were all shocked when a fourth installment in the Matrix franchise was announced with original cast members returning to their roles after rumblings of a possible prequel or reboot being in the works with a Young Morpheus.
Carrie-Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves recently spoke with Empire dishing that they were both impressed with the script for Matrix 4 penned by Lana Wachowski, David Mitchell, and Aleksandar Hemon. Citing the script as a key reason for why they were willing to return to their respective roles of Trinity and Neo.
MOSS: “When it was brought to me in the way that it was brought to me, with incredible depth and all of the integrity and artistry that you could imagine, I was like, ‘This is a gift.’ It was just very exciting.”
Reeves echoes Moss’ comments on the script and adding that he was eager to work with director Lana Wachowski again.
REEVES: “Lana Wachowski wrote a beautiful script and a wonderful story that resonated with me. That’s the only reason to do it. To work with her again is just amazing. It’s been really special, and the story has, I think, some meaningful things to say, and that we can take some nourishment from.”
Filming had moved onto the German leg of the production after tackling some scenes shot in San Francisco, California before the Coronavirus pandemic paused things and there had been some suggestion that they’d resume sometime soon.
The rest of the cast includes Jada Pinkett Smith returning as Niobe, Jessica Henwick (Godzilla vs Kong, Iron Fist, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) playing a new Neo-like character, Neil Patrick Harris (Starship Troopers, Gone Girl), Toby Onwumere, Erendira Ibarra (Sense8), Ellen Hollman (Into The Badlands), and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen, Aquaman).
Originally, Warner Bros. had given Matrix 4 a release date of May 21st, 2020 and a new date is most likely going to be announced shortly.
Keanu Reeves is set to shoot John Wick: Chapter 4 once they complete filming on the Matrix sequel.