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Swallowing the red pill yet again: Keanu Reeves to return as Neo in 'The Matrix 4'

Carrie-Anne Moss will also star in another new instalment of the sci-fi franchise

Keanu Reeves first appeared as Neo in 'The Matrix' in 1999. Courtesy of Warner Bros
Keanu Reeves first appeared as Neo in 'The Matrix' in 1999. Courtesy of Warner Bros

Sixteen years after last slipping into the Matrix, Keanu Reeves is set to fall down the rabbit hole once more.

The Canadian actor will reprise his role as expert hacker Neo in a fourth chapter of The Matrix franchise, which was confirmed yesterday.

The sci-fi film series first began 20 years ago, with the release of The Matrix in 1999, which also starred Laurence Fishburne as rebellious captain Morpheus and Hugo Weaving as antagonist Agent Smith.

Together with sequels The Matrix: Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix: Revolutions (2003), the trio of films have grossed more than $1.6 billion (Dh5.87bn) in total.

The fourth instalment will be written and directed by Lana Wachowski, who, along with sister Lilly, co-created the first three chapters.

“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now,” said the filmmaker in a statement. “I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”

Carrie-Anne Moss, who plays Neo's partner, Trinity, will also return for the latest reboot.

Carrie Anne-Moss annd Keanu Reeves in The Matrix. Courtesy Warner Bros.
Carrie Anne-Moss and Keanu Reeves in 'The Matrix'. Courtesy Warner Bros.

The original film told the story of a world in which computer programmer Neo discovered, with the help of Morpheus, that the world he lived in was, in fact, a computer-simulated reality.

In truth, the Earth's population had been overthrown by artificial beings, or robots, and humans – entranced by The Maxtrix and its alternative reality – were used as no more than battery packs. Those who were freed from the programme went on to rebel against the machines.

“We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” Warner Bros Picture Group chairman Toby Emmeric said in a statement. “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.”

Production on the new chapter is expected to begin in 2020, according to Variety, following years of rumours of a potential reboot.

The plot of the fourth film is not known, and it has also not yet been confirmed if any more of the original cast members will return.

Since the original trilogy, the Wachowskis have gone on to make films such as Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending, along with Netflix show Sense8.

Updated: August 21, 2019 11:27 AM

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