‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ star Christina Ricci has been cast in the upcoming science fiction sequel ‘The Matrix 4’ from director Lana Wachowski.
According to Deadline, Ricci was added to a growing list of actors and actresses including Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Christina Ricci, Telma Hopkins, Eréndira Ibarra, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Brian J. Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
This will also be the first entry of ‘The Matrix’ franchise where the Wachowski siblings will not be working together for the production. Lily Wachowski will be working on the television series ‘Work In Progress’ while Lana Wachowski co-wrote ‘The Matrix 4’ with David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon.
“I like it when stories go out into the world and then come back to you in different ways,” Lana Wachowski told Slash Film. “I mean, that’s what storytelling is all about. I’m part of a bigger thing. I don’t have any ownership over stuff like that, so whatever story anybody wants to tell, I can’t wait to hear. I hope it’s better than the original.”
Despite many recurring actors returning for ‘The Matrix 4,’ including Reeves, Hugo Weaving will not be appearing due to scheduling conflicts with his stage performances in London.
“I thought we could have done my scenes in May, June and July; and we talked about money and we talked about — they were negotiating,” Weaving told Coming Soon. “And we were all pretty much sorted and agreed on dates and it was all fine, but then Lana decided she didn’t think it was going to work. So, she pulled the plug on the negotiations. That’s where it ended up. She basically didn’t feel that my commitment to the National Theatre was going to fit in with the dates that she had in mind for me.”
‘The Matrix 4’ is scheduled to be released on December 22, 2021 via HBO Max and in theaters.
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