The Matrix 4 Adding Marvel Star And Key Character From Original Movies To Cast - Report

Jada Pinkett Smith and Jessica Henwick are the latest additions.

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The cast for The Matrix 4 keeps growing. Following the news this week that Neil Patrick Harris will appear in the much-anticipated sci-fi sequel, it’s been reported that two more potential cast members are in negotiations--Gotham alum Jada Pinkett Smith and Iron Fist actress Jessica Henwick.

According to Deadline, Smith is in talks to reprise her role as Niobe. The actress played the character in the second and third films in the series, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Henwick will be a new addition to the series--she is best known for playing Colleen Wing in both seasons of the Marvel Netflix show Iron Fist. Deadline states that Matrix 4 director Lana Wachowski is looking for a "a female-like Neo character" in the lead role, and that Henwick impressed in auditions for this part.

The Matrix 4 will also see the return of original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss to roles of Neo and Trinity, while Aquaman's Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will also appear. Wachowski co-directed the first three movies with sister Lilly, but will helm this new one solo. The movie was announced in August, and although it does not yet have a confirmed release date, it is expected to start shooting in early 2020. For more, check out GameSpot's guide to everything we know to date about Matrix 4.

The first Matrix movie brought in $463.5 million worldwide, and it spawned two sequels: 2003's Matrix Reloaded--grossing $742.1 million worldwide--and Matrix Revolutions--taking in $427.3 million worldwide. The franchise has earned more than $1.6 billion in total.

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of The Matrix, and while the first movie still holds up, the sequels--primarily Revolutions--are still as problematic as you remember. Check out The Matrix Sequels' 34 Dumbest Moments to relive the weirdness.

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