Production on The Matrix 4 and Uncharted shut down over coronavirus pandemic

The Matrix 4 and Uncharted are the latest movies to be affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.Director Lana Wachowski had begun work on the fourth instalment in the sci-fi franchise back in February, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprisin…

The Matrix 4 and Uncharted are the latest movies to be affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.

Director Lana Wachowski had begun work on the fourth instalment in the sci-fi franchise back in February, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles for the highly-anticipated project.

But in the time since production moved from San Francisco to Berlin, where Wachowski was preparing to shoot this week, U.S. President Donald Trump has introduced strict travel restrictions from most European countries to America, prompting Warner Bros. bosses to make the decision to halt filming indefinitely.

It is unknown when production on the film, which also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Neil Patrick Harris, will restart, and if the planned release date of 2021 will be impacted.

More than 186,000 people have been infected, with at least 7,471 deaths, since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December.

Several European countries, including France, Germany, and Italy, have temporarily closed their borders and put residents into lockdown to stop the spread of the virus.

Also affected is Uncharted, Sony’s big-screen adaptation of the PlayStation video game franchise, which has been put on hold for six weeks.

The project, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, was in the pre-production phase. And any changes to the filming schedule may delay Holland’s upcoming third Spider-Man movie, which was due to begin shooting this summer.

Director Travis Knight exited Uncharted earlier this year over concerns that it would have to be completed quickly in order to release Holland for his duties as the web-slinging superhero at Marvel.

Ruben Fleischer eventually took over as director, but the release date was postponed by three months to March 2021.

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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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Brad Pitt confirms he turned down The Matrix

Brad Pitt has confirmed he turned down an offer to star in The Matrix.The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor was asked about the roles he had passed on during a talk at the recent Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and he confirmed that he rej…

Brad Pitt has confirmed he turned down an offer to star in The Matrix.

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor was asked about the roles he had passed on during a talk at the recent Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and he confirmed that he rejected an offer to portray Neo, who was ultimately played by Keanu Reeves, in the 1999 sci-fi movie.

“I did pass on The Matrix. I took the red pill. That’s the only one I’m naming,” he said. “I wasn’t offered two or three. Only the first one, just to clarify that.”

The red pill comment is a reference to the movie. In the film, choosing the red pill means being aware of the cruel truths of everyday life, while taking the blue pill is opting to remain living in blissful ignorance.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who received the Maltin Modern Master Award at the festival, also explained why he was reluctant to name any of the projects he’d rejected.

“I come from a place, maybe it’s my upbringing, if I didn’t get it, then it wasn’t mine,” the 56-year-old commented. “I really believe (the role) was never mine. It’s not mine. It was someone else’s and they go and make it. I really do believe in that… If we were doing a show on the great movies I’ve passed on, we would need two nights.”

Last year, The Matrix producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said Pitt was considered for Neo, while Will Smith expressed his regret about passing on the part in a YouTube video last February.

“Keanu was perfect, Laurence Fishburne was perfect,” he insisted. “So, I probably would have messed The Matrix up. I would have ruined it, so I did y’all a favour.”

Other stars like Nicolas Cage, Val Kilmer, and Johnny Depp were also reportedly considered to play Neo, but it ultimately went to Reeves. The Matrix trilogy redefined his career and he is currently shooting the fourth instalment.

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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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Neil Patrick Harris lands mysterious new role in Matrix 4

Neil Patrick Harris has landed a mysterious role in the fourth instalment of the Matrix franchise.The 46-year-old will join original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who will be reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity for Lana Wachowski’s high…

Neil Patrick Harris has landed a mysterious role in the fourth instalment of the Matrix franchise.

The 46-year-old will join original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who will be reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity for Lana Wachowski’s highly anticipated sci-fi movie, The Matrix 4.

Details of the How I Met Your Mother star’s casting are under wraps, with sources close to the project not yet confirming who Harris will play, according to editors at Variety.

However, fans on social media have speculated that the actor may be playing a different incarnation of Morpheus, who was portrayed by Laurence Fishburne in the original trilogy.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was tapped as one of the leads in the Matrix 4 last week, and it was also reported that Jada Pinkett Smith is in talks to reprise her role as Niobe.

The 48-year-old played the character in the second and third movies – The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions – with reporters at Deadline claiming she is still in negotiations over the part.

News of The Matrix 4 was announced back in August, and Wachowski, who will write and direct the film, stated that the issues explored in the original movies “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,” she said in a statement at the time.

Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell will serve as co-writers on the script with Wachowski, who will also produce with Grant Hill.

The film is expected to begin production at the beginning of 2020 and will be released in 2022.

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Patti Smith set to front Saint Laurent campaign – report

Punk poet Patti Smith is reportedly the face of Saint Laurent’s spring 2020 campaign.The French fashion house’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello has selected the 72-year-old rocker to front the imagery, according to editors at Page Six Style, with …

Punk poet Patti Smith is reportedly the face of Saint Laurent’s spring 2020 campaign.

The French fashion house’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello has selected the 72-year-old rocker to front the imagery, according to editors at Page Six Style, with photographer Steven Sebring to helm the photoshoot in New York City later this month.

Sebring has a special relationship with Smith, as he first photographed her in 1995 for Spin magazine and directed 2008 documentary, Patti Smith: Dream of Life.

And the Because the Night hitmaker isn’t the first musician to land an ad campaign for the luxury label. Under previous creative director Hedi Slimane, stars including Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Daft Punk, and Joni Mitchell modelled in Saint Laurent ads.

While back in April, Vaccarello announced that he had chosen Keanu Reeves to star in the fall 2019 menswear campaign.

The three black-and-white shots, captured by fashion photographer David Sims, depict the 55-year-old wearing a black leather aviator jacket with a shearling collar, a pinstripe suit and aviator sunglasses, as well as a classic motorcycle jacket.

Meanwhile, Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard was named as the face of the fall/winter 2019 campaign in May.

The 16-year-old appears in another slick photoshoot by Sims, where he poses in a skinny two-piece suit styled with high-shine leather boots.

In another image, the young actor, who plays Mike Wheeler in the hit Netflix series, is seen wearing a striped shirt with a tie, leather jacket, and sunglasses.

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Celine Dion and Billy Porter top 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List

Celine Dion and Billy Porter have been named on the 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List.The Canadian singer is well known for her love of couture, and the Pose star, who made a splash at the 2019 Oscars in a velvet gown and tuxedo jacket from Christian …

Celine Dion and Billy Porter have been named on the 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List.

The Canadian singer is well known for her love of couture, and the Pose star, who made a splash at the 2019 Oscars in a velvet gown and tuxedo jacket from Christian Siriano, have both been selected by editors at the publication as two of the most stylish celebrities in Hollywood.

Dion commented that she is currently “obsessed” with pieces by Dutch designer Ronald van der Kemp, founder of fashion house RDVK.

“Every piece they do is one of a kind. And last time I went to Paris Fashion Week, Valentino blew my mind,” the 51-year-old gushed.

Meanwhile, Porter named his style icons as Diana Ross and Andre Leon Talley and also described high heels as the most “powerful thing one can wear.”

Dion fell under The Virtuosos category, joining Marc Jacobs, Diane Keaton, Zoe Kravitz, Rami Malek, Priyanka Chopra, basketballer Serge Ibaka, and playwright Jeremy O. Harris, while Chloe Sevigny, Gemma Chan, Mahershala Ali, cultural philanthropist Pamela Joyner, Frank Ocean, Keanu Reeves, Elle Fanning, and Cicely Tyson were labelled as The Classics.

Joining Porter as The Originals is costume designer B. Akerlund, Tyler, the Creator, artist Kehinde Wiley, Harry Styles, gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, and Lena Waithe, while a special mention was given to designers including Haider Ackermann, Brunello Cucinelli, and Rei Kawakubo.

Elsewhere, the most stylish couples included Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet, Rick Owens and Michele Lamy, George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, and model sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid.

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Toy Story 4 director shocked by Keanu Reeves’s sense of humour

Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley was shocked by Keanu Reeves’s sense of humour.The John Wick star is known for his dark and moody roles in Hollywood, and fans were surprised when it was announced he was the voice for the new Toy Story character, Duk…

Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley was shocked by Keanu Reeves’s sense of humour.

The John Wick star is known for his dark and moody roles in Hollywood, and fans were surprised when it was announced he was the voice for the new Toy Story character, Duke Caboom.  

According to film critics, Keanu’s new role in the fourth instalment of the Disney/Pixar animation is one of the funniest moments in Toy Story 4, and even director Josh was taken aback by the 54-year-old’s comedic side.  

“I think I was shocked about how funny Keanu Reeves is. On camera and off camera. Just naturally funny, so that just stuck in my head because I wasn’t prepared for that,” the filmmaker told CinemaBlend.  

Duke Caboom is a Canadian daredevil toy who suffers from low self-esteem and thinks he let down his previous owner by being unable to perform all the tricks the ads for the toy said he could. And in new behind-the-scenes footage that has now gone viral on social media, Keanu is seen going over the top while trying to deliver the sad side of his animated character.  

Keanu is currently in the pre-production phases of action flick Rally Car and is filming sci-fi comedy Bill & Ted Face the Music, in which he is reprising his role of Theodore “Ted” Logan from the 1989 flick Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. 

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Toy Story 4 breaks global box office records

Toy Story 4 has shattered world box office records for an animated film, despite a disappointing opening in America.The new movie, which sees Tom Hanks and Tim Allen reprise their voice-acting roles for the characters of Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyea…

Toy Story 4 has shattered world box office records for an animated film, despite a disappointing opening in America.

The new movie, which sees Tom Hanks and Tim Allen reprise their voice-acting roles for the characters of Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively, has debuted with $238 million (£187 million) globally, beating The Incredibles 2’s $235.8 million (£185 million) launch in 2018.

But Toy Story 4 slightly underperformed in North America, failing to meet estimates but still coming in at number one with $119.5 million (£94 million) over the weekend. Disney bosses expected the feature to debut with about $140 million (£110 million).

Horror remake Child’s Play debuted in a distant second place in the U.S. with $14 million (£11 million), while Aladdin, Men in Black: International and The Secret Life of Pets 2 rounded out the new top five.

In spite of the shortfall, Cathleen Taff, distribution chief for Disney, told editors at The Associated Press that producers were pleased with the opening figure for the latest Toy Story sequel.

“The Pixar team has always been disciplined about making sure they have a compelling story to tell, and that is especially true when it comes to sequels if you look at their past,” she said in a statement. “Their process of sort of going through the rigor of making sure that this is a story people want told, the end result speaks for itself.”

When unveiled in 2010, Toy Story 3 made $110 million (£86 million), while the first two features in the franchise were hugely successful at the box office.

And while Toy Story 4 introduces new toys, such as Duke Caboom, as voiced by Keanu Reeves, and Gabby Gabby, played by Christina Hendricks, U.S. journalist Mark Harris has asserted in a widely-shared Twitter thread that audiences may be tiring of sequels.

“But even people who love franchise movies get older, get bored, want something new. (Maybe even something new that could become a franchise!) And it’s dangerous to assume that as those moviegoers fall off the treadmill, they’ll be steadily replaced by perfect, pliable new consumers,” he argued.

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Ali Wong: ‘Keanu Reeves is a natural comic’

Keanu Reeves has found a big fan in his Always Be My Maybe co-star Ali Wong, who describes him as “shockingly funny”.The Asian-American comedy, which Ali co-wrote along with Michael Golamco and co-star Randall Park, was released on Netflix in May, …

Keanu Reeves has found a big fan in his Always Be My Maybe co-star Ali Wong, who describes him as “shockingly funny”.

The Asian-American comedy, which Ali co-wrote along with Michael Golamco and co-star Randall Park, was released on Netflix in May, and the 37-year-old plays Sasha, a celebrity chef who mutually falls for her childhood friend Marcus, portrayed by Randall.

Keanu stars as a hammed-up version of himself, and Ali revealed in a chat with Rolling Stone how game The Matrix star was when it came to poking fun.

“He did improvise!” she exclaimed. “At the Chateau Marmont, he pitched a couple of things that made it in. Like wearing glasses that had no lens. And the part in the game night scene where he lists all of these Chinese dignitaries, that was all his idea. And when he says, ‘I don’t have a problem, Sasha. What’s your problem?’ and starts air-fighting. It’s hard to describe just how shockingly funny he is.”

Admitting she didn’t think they’d ever be able to land Keanu, Ali was even more surprised when he proved how dedicated he was to the project from the get-go.

They first met on a day the 54-year-old had been stunt training for his latest action role, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, with Ali recalling he was a little “beat up”.

“I think he was, like, hanging from a rope in a warehouse, kicking and punching stuff,” the actress added. “But he was hilarious and warm, and I was shocked at how detail-oriented he was about the script. He was like, ‘I have a question about page 80.’ I was like, ‘I don’t even know what’s on page 80.’”

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