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21 August 2019 19:49

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Lana Wachowski Is Helming The Matrix 4, With Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss Returning

Few jaws will have hit the floor, then, at the wholly un-flabbergasting news that sci-fi punch-'em-up The Matrix is to return next year with a fourth instalment. The original trilogy's co-creator Lana Wachowski will co-write and direct, and both Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are set to re-stretch their leather trousers, despite the inconvenient matter of both of their characters being dead. But Avengers: Endgame isn't the most successful film ever solely because it's a sequel. This is Wachowski's chance to give the original Matrix the rip-roaring follow-up it's always deserved. "Many of the ideas Lilly [Wachowski, Lana's sister and co-director] and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now," Wachowski said.

Wouldn't it be nice, with these buffoons seemingly everywhere, if one of the highest-grossing films of 2020 was directed by a trans woman? Lana Wachowski is returning to The Matrix. Lana Wachowski is blazing a trail with The Matrix 4, as she becomes the first openly trans person to helm a major Hollywood blockbuster. After months of speculation, it was announced this week that Lana Wachowski will write and direct a brand new instalment in dystopian franchise. With the first three films in the series making a combined $1.6 billion (£1.3m) at the box office, the new sequel has the potential to become the most lucrative piece of trans art in history.

Lana and her sister Lilly co-wrote and directed the initial Matrix trilogy, released between 1999 and 2003, before either had come out as trans. This latest film will see Lana go it alone, as Lilly has opted not to return. "Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now," Lana told Variety. "I'm very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends." It was also confirmed that Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity respectively. The Matrix is a trans metaphor.

Years after its release, the plot has been reevaluated as an allegory for the trans experience. In recent years, Lana and Lilly have mostly been kept busy with their Netflix series Sense8, which was praised for its inclusion of LGBT+ characters and themes. Variety has revealed that The Matrix co-creator Lana Wachowski will write and direct a fourth film in the series, with original series stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss set to return as Neo and Trinity. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich confirmed to Variety that Lana Wachowski, one-half of the Wachowski sisters filmmaking duo, is returning to The Matrix series. No word yet on whether co-creator Lilly Wachowski will be returning in any creative capacity to the project.

"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," Emmerich said. A new Matrix film has been rumoured for years – including when The Matrix stunt performer and John Wick director Chad Stahelski hinted back in May that the Wachowskis were coming back. Of course, he mentioned both sisters, not just Lana Wachowski, so it's unclear how much he knew or whether things have changed since then. According to Variety, the next Matrix film is set to start filming next year. Keanu Reeves and Lana Wachowski are returning to the world of The Matrix.

Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich says on Tuesday that a fourth Matrix is in the works. Reeves will be reprising his role as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss will return as Trinity in the film that will be co-written, directed and produced by Lana Wachowski, who co-created The Matrix with Lilly Wachowski. Co-director of the film Lana Wachowski (Yui Mok/PA) More Lana Wachowski says in a statement that the ideas of The Matrix are more relevant than ever now and she is happy to have the characters back in her life. Emmerich says Wachowski is a true visionary. The first film hit theatres 20 years ago and spawned two sequels that cumulatively made more than 1.6 billion US dollars at the global box office. Keanu Reeves is set to re-enter the Matrix in a fourth instalment of the blockbuster film franchise. Reeves and Carrie Ann Moss will reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity in Matrix 4, written and directed by Lana Wachowski. The film will serve as the fourth instalment in the billion dollar franchise following 1999's The Matrix and 2003's The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. In addition to Wachowski, the script is written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Ms Wachowski celebrated The Matrix's return, saying many of the ideas it explores are "even more relevant now". The first three films in the franchise earned more than $1.6bn (£1.3bn) at the global box office. Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich said the studio "could not be more excited" about its return. "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", he said. The original film was released 20 years ago and told the story of Neo and his discovery that humanity was trapped in a simulated reality. It proved a major hit and spawned two sequels while the third instalment was the first film ever to be released simultaneously around the world at the same hour. In a statement on Tuesday, Ms Wachowski said she was "very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends."