The long-gestating ‘The Matrix 4’ now has Jada Pinkett Smith (‘Gotham,’ ‘Girls Trip’) in talks to return as Niobe.
Niobe is the captain of the Logos hovercraft, as well as one of the rebels in the war against the Machines and the Matrix. Pinkett Smith portrayed the character in both ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and ‘The Matrix Revolutions.’
She will be reuniting with franchise stars Keanu Reeves (‘John Wick’) and Carrie-Anne Moss (‘Jessica Jones’), who are reprising their lead roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (‘Aquaman’) is onboard, and might be playing a young Morpheus or a descendant of the character, like a son or nephew. Laurence Fishburne (‘Black-ish’) played the role in all three ‘Matrix’ movies. Neil Patrick Harris (‘How I Met Your Mother’) has an unknown role.
Meanwhile, Lana Wachowski (‘Cloud Atlas,’ ‘Sense8’) serves as writer, director, and producer on the fourth ‘Matrix’ film, currently without a title. Wachowski co-wrote the script with fellow ‘Sense8’ writers Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell.
Writer/director Lilly Wachowski won’t be returning with her sister for this sequel, however. In an interview with /Film she said, “Well, I’m a little busy at the moment,” due to her new Showtime series ‘Work in Progress.’
The crew, so far, comprises of:
- Cinematographer John Toll (‘‘Cloud Atlas,’ ‘Sense8’)
- Costume designer Lindsey Pugh (‘Sense8,’ ‘Krypton’)
- Production designers Hugh Bateup and Peter Walpole (‘Sense8’)
- Visual effects supervisor Dan Glass (‘The Matrix Reloaded,’ ‘The Matrix Revolutions’)
Further, filming will begin on February 10, 2020 in Chicago. The film’s working title is ‘Project Ice Cream’ and we at The GWW reported it back in June.
The film currently does not have a release date.