The casting announcements for The Matrix 4 continue today with a report from Deadline that Marvel’s Iron Fist and The Defenders actress Jessica Henwick is in talks for a lead role. Who she will be playing is under wraps, though the site adds that the production “is looking to have a female-like Neo character at the forefront of the new film.”
Jessica Henwick joins a cast that includes Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith returning to reprise their original roles. Also joining the cast are Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Neil Patrick Harris.
Henwick’s credits also include Game of Thrones and the upcoming Gods & Heroes, Godzilla vs. Kong, Monster Problems, On the Rocks and Underwater.
Lana Wachowski — the co-creator of the record-breaking and genre-defining world of The Matrix — is set to write, direct and produce the all-new film, returning audiences to the reality-bending universe. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will star in The Matrix 4, reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively. Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film. Filming is expected to begin in early 2020.
Wachowski is producing the film together with Grant Hill. The Matrix 4 screenplay is by Wachowski, Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. The cinematographer is the Oscar-winning John Toll.
The three previous films — The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) — have earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office and were all top-10 domestic hits in their respective years of release. The Matrix Revolutions was also the first film ever to release simultaneously in every major country at the same hour around the world.