As far as science fiction franchises go, The Matrix has paved the way for cinematography and visual effects as we know it – and its latest iteration, The Matrix 4, is no exception.
Jessica Henwick, who plays a leading role in the upcoming instalment, told ComicBook that she’s seeing industry-changing techniques happening on set. “There are definitely moments on set where Yahya (Abdul-Mateen II) and I look at each other and we just go, ‘Matrix 4’. Those pinch me moments,” she said.
“Lana (Wachowski) is doing some really interesting things on a technical level in the same way that you know, she created a style back then. I think she’s going to change the industry again with this film. There’s some camera rigs that I’ve never seen before that we’re using. That’s probably all I can say for that,” she added.
Henwick and Abdul-Mateen II are joined by Neil Patrick Harris and Priyanka Chopra, as well as returning franchise stars like Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith. While plot details for the film remain under wraps, Reeves has described the film as “a love story”.
Back in August, Lilly Wachowski confirmed that The Matrix movies, which she wrote and directed with her sister Lana, have always been an allegory for the trans experience. Responding to the news, Reeves said: “I think The Matrix films are profound, and I think that allegorically, a lot of people in different versions of the film can speak to that. And for Lilly to come out and share that with us, I think is cool.”
The Matrix 4 was originally meant to be released on May 21, 2021, before the pandemic forced the studio to push the sequel to April 1, 2022. Now, the release has been moved forward to December 22, 2021. In the meantime, watch behind-the-scenes footage of Reeves and Moss jumping off a building in San Francisco here.