Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Neil Patrick Harris are among the new faces that will join The Matrix 4 – you can probably expect that title to change soon. The long-awaited sequel will also bring backKeanu Reeves, Carrie Anne-Moss, and writer and director Lana Wachowski, with Jada Pinkett Smith in talks to also return.
Now the cast for next installment continues to grow and has made a new addition. According to new reports, Iron Fist star Jessica Henwick will be joining the cast. More on the report below.
We’ve been hearing about a new installment in the Matrix franchise for some time now. Back in 2011 star Keanu Reeves said that sequels were being developed. Then in 2014 it was rumored that the next Matrix movies could be prequels. Then in 2017 came word that Warner Bros. was developing a reboot instead of sequels or prequels, which was followed a few days later by a denial of the reboot news from screenwriter Zak Penn, who had been hired to work on a new movie in the franchise at the time.
Things were quiet for a couple of years after that, but in August of this year it was confirmed that The Matrix 4 was finally becoming a reality with original stars Reeves and Carrie Ann Moss returning. Lana Wachowski, who wrote and directed the original trilogy with Lilly Wachowski, is also returning though it doesn’t appear that Lilly is involved at the moment.. And now, more casting has been announced. Last week Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was cast in the sequel, and this week Neil Patrick Harris signed on. Jada Pinkett Smith is also in talks to return.
Movie theater franchises have been adding more and more immersive theater experiences to their screenings: There’s the ever-popular IMAX (in its various forms), AMC has the Dolby Cinema, and Regal Cinemas has launched a few new options with ScreenX and 4DX. I spent the summer checking out cinema chain’s answers to slumping attendance, focusing mainly on what 4DX has to offer.
The Matrix is still hailed as one of the best sci-fi actioners of all time, and its overwhelmingly huge success would eventually lead to two more sequels: The Matrix Revolutions and The Matrix Revelations – both of which paled in comparison to the original but were still just as successful.
Fans hoped that the stories would continue on in a fourth installment. Especially since the final Matrix film had an open-ended conclusion. And it looks like that is becoming a reality all these years later as reports confirm that Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Lana Wachowski are returning for The Matrix 4. More on the report below.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of The Matrix, the 1999 scifi-action film starring Keanu Reeves will be returning to select theaters for one week only later this month.
For this limited run, the Wachowski siblings-directed movie has been restored in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and will be screening exclusively at over 135 AMC Dolby Cinema theaters across the country starting August 30, 2019.
Check out the new 20th anniversary poster for the Warner Bros. film’s upcoming return to theaters, as well as the new trailer here below.