(TMU) — Mere months after the third sequel in the blockbuster saga was announced, work has officially commenced on The Matrix 4.
And on Wednesday morning, commuters in San Francisco were treated to the sight of Keanu Reeves working on the next installment of the sci-fi series, reports KGO.
And while one might expect the 55-year-old mega-star to be clad in the sweeping black leather trench coat he sported as the hero Neo the first The Matrix film, this decidedly was not the case.
Instead, video footage published online showed Keanu standing alongside a crowd of extras while clad in a beanie cap, blazer, and jeans, and looked far more like your typical guy grabbing an ice cream than an armed-to-the-teeth cyber-messiah.
— Keanu Planet (@keanuplanet) February 5, 2020
What exactly Keanu’s uber-casual look means to The Matrix 4 remains anyone’s guess, as Warner Bros. hasn’t yet revealed any specifics from the highly-anticipated sequel’s plot.
And none of us should hold our breath for the release of the film, as Neo won’t be back kicking *** until at least the film’s announced release date of March 21, 2021.
Along with series co-star Carrie-Anne Moss and returning franchise actress Jada Pinkett Smith, Neo and the gang will be accompanied by Jonathan Groff of Mindhunter fame and the one and only Neil Patrick Harris.
The studio has been silent as to whether Laurence Fishburne will return to reprise his role as Morpheus, but rumor has it that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II—who starred in Watchmen and Aquaman—may be portraying a younger version of the wizened mentor.
Abdul-Mateen told EW:
“It’s a very exciting, relevant script that I’m honored to be a part of.”
Franchise veteran Hugo Weaving, who portrayed the arch-villain Agent Smith in the original trilogy, told Time Out London that he would be unable to join the latest production due to scheduling issues. He said:
“It’s unfortunate but actually I had this offer [for a play] and then the offer came from ‘The Matrix,’ so I knew it was happening but I didn’t have dates.
“I was in touch with [director] Lana Wachowski, but in the end she decided that the dates weren’t going to work. So we’d sorted the dates and then she sort of changed her mind. They’re pushing on ahead without me.”
Write and director Lana Wachowski will also be returning to write, direct and produce the new film. She received fulsome praise from Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich, who said:
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering the Matrix with Lana.
“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.”
In a recent statement, Wachowski said:
“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.”