Matrix 4 Is The Latest Movie To Stop Production During Coronavirus Pandemic

After shooting in San Francisco, the fourth installment in the franchise has stopped production.

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The Matrix 4 is in production. Well, it was until Warner Bros. decided to pull the plug on it because of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic that is currently underway.

The film had wrapped up shooting in San Francisco and was picking back up in Berlin, according to Variety. However, because of President Trump's travel restrictions, WB executives felt that it was best to postpone shooting for the time being.

The film was set to release on May 21, 2021--the same day as John Wick: Chapter 4. It is unknown at this time as to when production will start back up and whether or not this stoppage will affect the release date of the movie.

Lana Wachowski will return to direct the film, without sister Lilly for this installment. Wachowski will write the script alongside Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Keanu Reeves will return to play Neo once more, and he'll be joined by Carrie-Ann Moss as Trinity and Jada Pinkett Smith as Niobe. The big surprise is that Hugo Weaving will not be returning for the new film. He played the notorious Agent Smith in the first three movies.

The plot to the movie is under lock and key, and that's probably for good reason, as both Neo and Trinity died in the third installment, Matrix Revolutions, back in 2003.

New to the series is Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen, Aquaman), and he will take on a lead role in the new film. Additionally, Neil Patrick Harris will be in the film, and so will Iron Fist's Jessica Henwick, as a "a female-like Neo character."

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