As Matrix Resurrections heads to theaters, Keanu Reeves recalled the original script’s plan for Switch, who was a woman in the Matrix and a man outside the Matrix. The Wachowskis ended up making the trans aspects less explicit, though Switch as played by Belinda McClory was the only one who wore white in the Matrix.
Profound personal change has always been central to the Matrix universe. The Wachowskis came out as trans and underwent gender reassignment surgery in the years since Reloaded and Revolutions both hit theaters in 2003. This awakening may have been an unspoken part of The Matrix since the beginning; Reeves remembers an early draft of the original script that featured a character who entered the Matrix world as a different sex. “I think the studio wasn’t ready for that,” he says.
Lilly Wachowski has gone on record about the trans allegory of the film:
FYI there’s a new trailer out this week:
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