The Matrix Resurrections is the fourth installment of the series, directed (solo) by Lana Wachowski.
Lana directed the first three films with her sister Lilly Wachowski, who said in an interview last year,
“I don’t know how present my transness was in the background of my brain as we were writing it.
But it all came from the same sort of fire that I’m talking about. Especially for me and Lana, we were existing in this space where the words didn’t exist…
so we were always living in a world of imagination.”
Lilly talked about her decision to step away from the franchise last month at a virtual panel for her Showtime series Work in Progress,
“I got out of my transition and was just completely exhausted…
…we had made Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending, and the first season of Sense8 back-to-back-to-back. We were posting one, and prepping the other at the exact same time. So you’re talking about three 100-plus days of shooting for each project, and so, coming out and just being completely exhausted, my world was like, falling apart to some extent even while I was like, you know, cracking out of my egg.
…I needed this time away from this industry. I needed to reconnect with myself as an artist and I did that by going back to school and painting and stuff.”
But Lilly made it clear that there was no bad blood between the sisters. When asked about collaborating in the future, she answered,
“Who knows? Maybe.”
(Wouldn’t the story of the Wachowski filmmaking duo make an interesting film in itself…? I mean!?)
Star Keanu Reeves is back as Neo, with Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Candyman), Jessica Henwick (Game of Thrones), Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Christina Ricci, plus Sense8 stars Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Eréndira Ibarra, and Brian J. Smith.