Think again, action movie fans: the mind-bending, sci-fi thrills of “The Matrix” trilogy were put to rest with the release of the third instalment in the franchise in 2003. The fourth episode of the futuristic sci-fi franchise, whose title has yet to be revealed, is set to dazzle fans once more. The slick and stylish action films grossed big bucks at the box office, with the original film grossing nearly $500 million worldwide, and broke the mould when it came to using computerised special effects, resulting in unique and groundbreaking fight sequences that continue to inspire action movies today.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Lambert Wilson will reprise their roles as Niobe and the Merovingian, respectively, alongside Keanu Reeves (Neo) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity) in the picture. Cristina Ricci, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jessica Henwick are just a few of the new additions to the cast. The latter, whose position in the highly anticipated sequel is yet unknown, recently spoke with Empire about her involvement.
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Jessica Henwick teases The Matrix 4’s next sequel.
Jessica Henwick is no stranger to the physical demands of filming heart-pounding action scenes. For her part as Colleen Wing, a martial arts instructor and all-around badass in Marvel/”Iron Netflix’s Fist,” she endured intense battle training. Nymeria Sand, one of the gorgeous and dangerous Sand Snakes, and daughter of Oberyn Martell, Henwick also showed her bullwhipping talents in “Game of Thrones.” Her performance as Jess Testor, an X-wing fighter pilot in “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” may possibly be remembered by fans.
Although little is known about her part in the upcoming “Matrix” film, Henwick recently provided Empire with an exclusive look inside her preparations. “I haven’t seen a cut of the film yet, so I don’t know what’s in it or what isn’t,” she explained. “However, I practised every day for months.” “There were a few cast members who were depressed since they didn’t have any physical items. What’s the point of being in ‘The Matrix’ if you don’t get to do any of the fun stuff?”
The original trilogy is a favourite of Henwick’s.
Henwick went on to discuss her personal fondness for the original “Matrix” flicks when asked what that “good stuff” included. “‘Matrix’ was the best thing I’d ever seen when I was a kid. Bullet-time, various agents, medicines, and the rabbit are all things that come to mind “Henwick couldn’t stop himself from gushing. She teased a little more about her involvement after that, saying, “When I first joined up, I stated that I wanted a leather jacket, sunglasses, and some wirework as my top three priorities. I correctly identified two of the three – I’ll leave it to you to figure out which two.”
If we’re playing a guessing game, “The Matrix 4” seems like it’ll contain even more incredible action and mind-blowing combat sequences than the previous instalments. Given that the first trilogy ended over two decades ago, it’s a reasonable assumption that technology advancements have made significant strides since then, with the possibility for fresh and breakthrough spectacular effects to dazzle “Matrix” moviegoers.
It wasn’t a foregone conclusion that The Matrix 4 would succeed.
Despite the Wachowskis’ repeated denials, rumours that a third “Matrix” film is a very serious possibility have been circulating for years. However, it appears that the Wachowski siblings had a change of heart at some time because Lana Wachowski returned to write and direct the fourth “Matrix” film in 2019, according to Variety. Reeves and Moss are returning as Neo and Trinity, the power couple fighting for humanity’s escape from computer servitude.
“The Matrix 4” is being distributed by Warner Brothers and Village Roadshow Pictures, while co-writers David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon are assisting Lana Wachowski with the script. Lana’s sister Lilly is visibly absent from the set, as she is preoccupied with her new Showtime series “Work in Progress,” for which she is a producer and co-writer alongside Tim Mason and Abby McEnany. Lilly has expressed her honest desire that “it’s better than the original,” despite her inability to participate in the brand she and her sibling started together (via Slash Film).