Warner Bros. has officially announced that The Matrix 4 has been given the green light, expected to be released sometime in 2020. Both Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will be returning to reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively, and Lana Wachowski will be returning to the franchise as writer and director. Joining Wachowski on writing duties are Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell, and production is set to begin at the start of 2020. Wachowski said of the film, “Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality 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.”
While the second and third entries in the franchise weren’t all that well received, fans still hold the Matrix films high regard these 20 years later. Excitement is high with this recent announcement, but almost nothing is known about the film. Not only is the plot still unknown, but this announcement has fans asking a few questions. Will Laurence Fishburne be reprising his role as Morpheus? How will Neo and Trinity return after they both died in The Matrix Revolutions? And will Lilly Wachowski, Lana’s sister and collaborator, be involved with the project in any way? It’s still too early for answers to these questions but that’s not stopping fans from asking them.
Since the initial release of The Matrix films, the trilogy has come to be looked at with a new interpretation. The trilogy is now being discussed as a metaphor for a transgender coming out story, inspired by the real-life transition of the Wachowski sisters. The Wachowskis have spoken about this interpretation favorably. At the GLAAD Media Awards in 2016, Lilly Wachowski delivered a speech in which she said, “There’s a critical eye being cast on Lana and I’s work through the lens of transness. This is a cool thing because it’s an excellent reminder that art is never static. And while the ideas of identity and transformation are critical components in our work, the bedrock that all ideas rest upon is love.”
The Wachowskis works are filled with trans stories and trans actors, it’s likely that they will bring that influence to The Matrix 4, and the trans subtext of the previous films could be brought to the forefront. It’s possible we’ll get to see trans stories told by trans actors in a major feature film written and directed by a trans-woman. Of course, it’s too early to tell what The Matrix 4 will be, but it would certainly be great to see that. Plus, we’ll be getting another film in the Keanaissance as Keanu Reeves continues his much-appreciated resurgence in film.
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