Priyanka Chopra in talks to join The Matrix 4 – report

Priyanka Chopra is reportedly in final talks to join The Matrix 4.The fourth movie was announced back in August, with co-creator Lana Wachowski at the helm and original stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith reprising their roles …

Priyanka Chopra is reportedly in final talks to join The Matrix 4.

The fourth movie was announced back in August, with co-creator Lana Wachowski at the helm and original stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith reprising their roles of Neo, Trinity, and Niobe, respectively.

According to editors at Variety, Chopra will join Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jessica Henwick as the newest additions to the Matrix franchise.

The 37-year-old actress, who is no stranger to action movies thanks to her role in Baywatch alongside Dwayne Johnson, has yet to comment on the reports.

Castmembers have been taking part in lengthy fight training sessions since early December ahead of production on the Warner Bros. film, which is set to begin soon in northern California.

Meanwhile, Reeves has been training with his co-stars on The Matrix 4 and John Wick 4 simultaneously, Variety reports.

The sci-fi franchise began back in 1999 with The Matrix and followed the story of Neo, Trinity and Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne, who try to break free of a virtual reality system that is guarded by Hugo Weaving’s sinister artificial intelligence programme, Agent Smith.

The 59-year-old Australian actor recently announced he wouldn’t be reprising his role for the fourth instalment due to scheduling conflicts, as he’s due to appear on the London stage alongside Lesley Manville in The Visit.

“I was in touch with Lana Wachowski, but in the end, she decided that the dates weren’t going to work. So, we’d sorted the dates and then she sort of changed her mind. They’re pushing on ahead without me,” Weaving explained to Time Out.

The Matrix 4 is scheduled to hit cinemas in May 2021.

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Hugo Weaving will not return for The Matrix 4

Hugo Weaving will not be returning as Agent Smith in the fourth The Matrix movie due to a diary clash.The Australian actor played the primary antagonist, an artificial intelligence programme tasked with defeating Keanu Reeves’s hero Neo, in the Wachows…

Hugo Weaving will not be returning as Agent Smith in the fourth The Matrix movie due to a diary clash.

The Australian actor played the primary antagonist, an artificial intelligence programme tasked with defeating Keanu Reeves’s hero Neo, in the Wachowskis’ 1999 science-fiction classic and its two sequels.

However, Weaving has now revealed he won’t be starring in a fourth movie, due out in May 2021, as shooting dates clash with him appearing on the London stage alongside Lesley Manville in The Visit, which runs at the U.K.’s National Theatre from 31 January to 13 May.

Asked in an interview for Time Out magazine whether he would be returning, the 59-year-old said, “I’m not, no,” before going on to explain the reasons for his absence.

“It’s unfortunate but actually I had this offer (for The Visit) and then the offer came from The Matrix, so I knew it was happening, but I didn’t have dates,” he commented. “I thought (I) could do both and it took eight weeks to work out that the dates would work – I held off on accepting (a role in The Visit during that time).

“I was in touch with Lana Wachowski, but in the end, she decided that the dates weren’t going to work. So, we’d sorted the dates and then she sort of changed her mind. They’re pushing on ahead without me.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Weaving also revealed why he did not return to play Red Skull in the final two Avengers movies, and was replaced by Ross Marquand, noting that he refused to participate after Marvel chiefs allegedly reneged on an agreement to increase his pay.

“The promise when we first signed the contracts was that the money would grow each time,” he added. “They said: ‘It’s just a voice job, it’s not a big deal.’ I actually found negotiating with them through my agent impossible. And I didn’t really wanna do it that much. But I would have done it.”

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Peter Jackson eyeing up next film series

Peter Jackson hopes his latest film Mortal Engines will be turned into a cinema series.The New Zealander is no stranger to mega franchises, having helmed The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. His latest film, which he wrote and his frequent c…

Peter Jackson hopes his latest film Mortal Engines will be turned into a cinema series.

The New Zealander is no stranger to mega franchises, having helmed The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

His latest film, which he wrote and his frequent collaborator Christian Rivers directed, is a sci-fi adventure set in post-apocalyptic future.

It’s based on the first of four novels in Philip Reeve’s quartet of the same name, and Peter is hoping studio heads will green light more films.

“You should (read all the books) because they actually get better and better,” he told Cinema Blend. “This is one movie where I hope it’s successful enough that we get to do the other stories, because the other books are really… this story mushrooms in such unexpected ways in the future books.

“So, I really hope we get to make those films. It’s cool. It’s a love story. It’s an unlikely love story. It’s about a young woman who doesn’t really think that she will ever find love, and she finds it in a very unexpected way in the middle of this chaotic, strange world that we’re in. And I also just like the idea of seeing big cities eat (each) other.”

Novels Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain make up the book series.

Icelandic actress Hera Hilmar is the film’s lead, with Hugo Weaving, Stephen Lang and Robert Sheehan co-starring.

Mortal Engines is currently in post-production and is due to hit cinemas in December (18).

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