The cult classic film, ‘The Matrix’, was released in 1999. That’s right! 21 years later we’re still hungry for more and this time we want Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss to star alongside Neil Patrick Harris as the villain in ‘The Matrix 4’.
‘The Matrix’ is such a classic sci-fi action film that if you asked anyone to name a film from the late 90s or early 2000s, that defined the sci-fi genre, it would be this film. Dare we say, even more so than ‘Star Wars’ (even though they did go on to win an Oscar).
- Warner Bros confirm ‘The Matrix 4’ with Neo and Trinity
- Original directors, Wachowski brothers are now Wachowski sisters.
- The possibility of having Neil Patrick Harris as the villain in ‘The Matrix 4’
The movie was revolutionary, power-packed with a great storyline and a stellar cast that rose to the occasion. Even with their then-new CGI & FX techniques, the movie still manages to draw people in today. The world-building in the plot of the movie was so ahead of its time that we believe, if released today, it could have been the ‘Black Mirror’ of our time.
The storyline explores a futuristic dystopia that has us asking if we’re living in a real-world or is it all just a simulation. In the movie, humanity is enslaved by AI, and the only people who know the truth are the protagonists of the film. This simulated reality is popularly known as ‘The Matrix’, formulated by machines to suppress humankind.
A computer hacker who goes by the name Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) learns this truth when he’s hunted down by Morpheus (played by Laurence Fishburne) and Agent Smith (played by Hugo Weaving) at the same time. Drawn into the battle of the worlds, he is then freed by Morpheus and brought into the dream world alongside Trinity (played by Carrie-Anne Moss). Once Neo discovers what living in ‘The Matrix’ can do, the viewing gets a lot more entertaining.
In 2020, we still have memes of Neo’s slow-motion dodge from the antagonist’s bullets. Although the film has two sequels, they received both applause and criticism, the loyalty of their fan base was enough to result in a fourth film.
About ‘The Matrix’ creators
The first film was directed by the Wachowski brothers. But, in 2012, Larry Wachowski came out as a transgender with a humorous and emotional speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s gala fundraising dinner in San Francisco. In 2016, Andy Wachowski followed his sister Lana (formerly called Larry) and also came out as a transgender and goes by the name Lilly. So, the Wachowski brothers are now indeed the Wachowski sisters.
What we know!
Warner Bros. announced ‘The Matrix 4’ for 2021. However, the cult favourite will solely be directed by Lana Wachowski. “Variety” quotes Wachowski, “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”.
And, by friends, she means Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Annie Moss who are said to reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity. The cast is also said to include Lambert Wilson, Jada Pinkett Smith as well as some fresh faces Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra, and Jessica Henwick. Fans have had mixed reviews about the Bollywood Star Priyanka Chopra onscreen but many fans have tweeted in favour of her. Rumours say the plot will involve a younger Morpheus, and most speculations lie with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
The creators and cast have managed to keep a large part of the movie unidentified, impressing the audience with an aura of mystery. Lana Wachowski is said to have co-written the script with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. The movie will also be produced by Grant Hill.
Exploring possibilities for Neil Patrick Harris
While sources do not disclose Neil Patrick Harris as the villain in ‘The Matrix 4’, there is much speculation around it, given that we already have our lead protagonists back in action. What no source confirms is a positive role for Agent Smith. That leaves us asking, will Neil Patrick Harris play a younger role of Agent Smith, much like Yahya Abdul-Mateen is said to do for Morpheus?
Given ‘The Matrix’ has always been about the digital and real worlds, will Neil Patrick Harris play a human in order to really take this film up a notch? Perhaps one that looks like a villain but is just another protagonist trying to save his real world. The film certainly has many options to explore, but given Neil Patrick Harris’ skill in committing to the role of villains in recent times, people no longer see him as just the suited ‘How I Met Your Mother’ star. Rest assured, we know his role in ‘The Matrix 4’ will be legendary.
Tell us what you think of ‘The Matrix 4’ and if you also believe Neil Patrick Harris is the villain in ‘The Matrix 4’?