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Studio Confirms Matrix 4

Keanu Reeves will return as Neo
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2019 4:50 AM CDT
In this Feb. 4, 2014 photo, Lana Wachowski attends the Chicago International Film Festival's screening of "Jupiter Ascending" at the AMC River East theater, in Chicago.   (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP, File)
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(Newser) – If you have déjà vu after hearing about another sequel to The Matrix, it's not a glitch—Warner Bros. has confirmed that a fourth installment is being produced, 20 years after the original sci-fi hit and 16 years after the first and second sequels. Lana Wachowski, who wrote, directed, and produced the first three movies with her sister, Lilly, will be at the helm of the latest movie, the BBC reports. "We could not be more excited to be re-entering the Matrix with Lana,” says Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary—a singular and original creative filmmaker—and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing, and producing this new chapter in the Matrix universe."

Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will be reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, though sources tell Variety that the studio might cast a younger actor to replace Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus. The sources say production is set to begin early next year. "Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now," Wachowski says. "I'm very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends." Variety's sources say the studio has been interested in another Matrix sequel for years, and the project got a boost from Reeves' high visibility this year and a promising script from Wachowski. (Read more The Matrix stories.)

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