Lilly Wachowski: ‘The Matrix is a trans story’

Lilly Wachowski has confirmed her genre-defining The Matrix trilogy was a trans story.Sibling duo Lilly and Lana Wachowski wrote and directed the Oscar-winning franchise, which will soon add a fourth film, starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and L…

Lilly Wachowski has confirmed her genre-defining The Matrix trilogy was a trans story.

Sibling duo Lilly and Lana Wachowski wrote and directed the Oscar-winning franchise, which will soon add a fourth film, starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Laurence Fishburne.

They helmed the films as Larry and Andy Wachowski, before they transitioned to women; Lana in 2008 and Lilly in 2016.

Ever since, theories have swirled that the movies, about a dystopian future in which humanity is unknowingly trapped inside a simulated version of reality called the Matrix, is actually an allegory for being a trans person.

Talking to Netflix Film Club, Lilly was happy to confirm the narrative.

“I’m glad that it has gotten out that that was the original intention,” she smiled. “But the world wasn’t quite ready for it – the corporate world wasn’t ready for it.

“I’m glad that people are talking about the Matrix movies with a trans narrative; I love how meaningful those films are to trans people, and the way that they come up to me and say, ‘These movies saved my life.’ I’m grateful to be able to throw them a rope to help them on their journey.”

She further shared that the character Switch, played by Belinda McClory, was originally written as someone who was male in the real world and a female in the Matrix.

“The Matrix stuff was all about the desire for transformation – but it was all coming from a closeted point of view,” she mused. “I don’t know how present my transness was in the background of my brain as we were writing it. We were always living in a world of imagination.”

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Keanu Reeves returns to The Matrix 4 set

Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss have returned to the set of The Matrix 4 following the Covid-19 lockdown.The cast and crew had been busy shooting the hotly-anticipated sequel in Germany when the worldwide health pandemic forced the set to shut down i…

Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss have returned to the set of The Matrix 4 following the Covid-19 lockdown.

The cast and crew had been busy shooting the hotly-anticipated sequel in Germany when the worldwide health pandemic forced the set to shut down in March earlier this year.

After adhering to stringent safety guidelines, production is back up and running this week, much to the delight of fans of the sci-fi series, which last hit cinema screens in 2003.

Reeves and Moss were seen reprising their iconic roles of Neo and Trinity on location in Berlin earlier this week, in a series of photos released by TMZ. Neil Patrick Harris, who is a new addition to the cast, was also spotted getting back into character on the set. Little is known about his role in the latest installment, leading to fierce speculation among movie fans.

Jada Pinkett Smith, Priyanka Chopra, Jonathan Groff and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will also feature.

The Matrix 4 is directed by Lana Wachowski from a script she co-wrote with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. She is hoping to follow on from the success of it’s predecessors The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. The original film, which came out in 1999, took home four Oscars, winning in all of the categories it was nominated for.

The film had already been forced to delay its release date from May 2021 to April 2022 due to the global health crisis.

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Keanu Reeves praises Lana Wachowski’s ‘wonderful’ The Matrix 4 script

Keanu Reeves is certain fans are going to enjoy the “wonderful” storyline Lana Wachowski has dreamed up for The Matrix 4.The 55-year-old is reprising his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth instalment of the sci-fi franchise, alongside fellow original c…

Keanu Reeves is certain fans are going to enjoy the “wonderful” storyline Lana Wachowski has dreamed up for The Matrix 4.

The 55-year-old is reprising his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth instalment of the sci-fi franchise, alongside fellow original cast member Carrie-Anne Moss, and in a chat with Empire magazine, he revealed he was prompted to return thanks to the director’s script.

“Lana Wachowski wrote a beautiful script and a wonderful story that resonated with me,” Reeves told the film publication. “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.”

Reeves made his debut as Neo in The Matrix back in 1999, returning for The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions in 2003.

And Moss, who played Trinity in the ground-breaking saga, echoed her co-star’s sentiments, and confessed she was surprised that The Matrix 4 was even in the works.

“I never thought that it would happen. It was never on my radar at all. 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,” she shared.

The Matrix 4, also starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra, Jessica Henwick, and Jonathan Groff, is set to be released in May 2021.

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The Matrix 4 to resume filming in July – report

Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix 4, starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, will reportedly resume filming in July.Production on the fourth instalment of the sci-fi saga began in February, but a shoot taking place in Berlin, Germany the following month …

Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix 4, starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, will reportedly resume filming in July.

Production on the fourth instalment of the sci-fi saga began in February, but a shoot taking place in Berlin, Germany the following month was halted after the Covid-19 outbreak hit Europe.

Now, bosses at Warner Bros. are hoping the movie can restart in the country in just seven weeks, as Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel begins to ease lockdown restrictions amid the pandemic, according to editors at Deadline.

It was also reported that the cast, including original stars Reeves, Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith, have signed eight-week extensions with the studio that will keep them on hold for the production until at least 6 July.

Newcomers Priyanka Chopra, Neil Patrick Harris, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Jonathan Groff are also set to appear in the highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel, which was written by Wachowski alongside David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon.

Stunt and filmmaking duo David Leitch and Chad Stahelski were also working on the upcoming film, and told Collider that they worked on scenes in San Francisco before the shutdown.

Countries including New Zealand, Poland, and Australia are also hoping to enable movies to resume production soon, although it has not yet been confirmed by public health officials if lockdown restrictions have been eased for film sets.

Other Warner Bros. projects that had production postponed in light of the coronavirus crisis, such as The Batman and Fantastic Beasts 3, remain on hiatus.

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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 to play bioterrorist Ma Anand Sheela in movie

Priyanka Chopra has signed up to play real-life bioterrorist Ma Anand Sheela in a new movie for Amazon Studios.According to editors at Deadline, the 37-year-old actress will take on the lead role in the project, titled Sheela, with Barry Levinson to di…

Priyanka Chopra has signed up to play real-life bioterrorist Ma Anand Sheela in a new movie for Amazon Studios.

According to editors at Deadline, the 37-year-old actress will take on the lead role in the project, titled Sheela, with Barry Levinson to direct.

The film is to document the story of how the unassuming woman managed to carry out the largest biological terrorist attack ever conducted in the U.S.

Sheela was arrested and jailed after she was convicted of conspiring to poison local restaurants in Wasco County, Oregon with salmonella in 1984 in an effort to fix a local election.

She also served as the personal secretary to Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, the guru and leader of the Rajneesh movement, and was also allegedly involved in immigration fraud, arson, espionage, and wiretapping.

Sheela’s story was thrust back into the spotlight in 2018 thanks to the Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country, which focused on the conflict between the movement and locals and officials in Oregon.

David Permut is set to produce alongside Chopra, Levinson, and Jason Sosnoff, while the script will be written by Nick Yarborough, who is currently working on the upcoming Training Day prequel.

It’s a busy year ahead for Chopra, who is not only starring in Robert Rodriguez’s Netflix film We Can Be Heroes, but is also set to appear in the upcoming The Matrix reboot.

It was reported in January that the Baywatch star will be joining original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, as well as newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Neil Patrick Harris, for the fourth instalment in the sci-fi franchise, directed by Lana Wachowski.

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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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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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