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Everything We Know So Far About The Matrix 4

Santiago Motto

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original film, the third sequel was officially announced on 20 August 2019. The word is out, and is official; a new incarnation of The Matrix is almost upon us. But what do we know so far about The Matrix 4?

It’s been twenty years went by since the first Matrix movie shocked the world. Although it seems it was yesterday when we first saw Neo dodging bullets, the trilogy ended 17 years ago, in 2003.

Two decades ago, The Matrix changed the cinematic world forever; can Lana Wachowski do it again with Matrix 4? We are about to go deep into gossip and try to make some conclusions. Fasten the seatbelt and hold on tight, we’re in for a ride.

The cast

The official news is that part of the legendary cast that made The Matrix such a blockbuster ($1.6bn so far) is back in the game. So far, these are the confirmed names:

Neo – Keanu Reeves is going for his old role as ‘The One’. According to his own social media, and some leaked photos of the set in San Francisco, he is a long-haired, bearded version of himself.

Trinity Kate Ann Moss is also going to be back in the cast playing her legendary role. Although we saw her death during Matrix Revolutions, she is going to be one of the main characters for Matrix 4.

The MerovingianLambert Wilson, AKA The Merovingian from Matrix Reloaded is back in the cast. Will Monica Bellucci appear as well? Nothing confirmed yet.

Niobe Jada Pinkett Smith is also back in her role as Niobe, the rebel present in both, Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions.

Agent JohnsonDaniel Bernhardt, who played Agent Johnson in previous versions, is confirmed to be back in the cast reprising his role.

Who’s missing?

So far, these are the confirmed characters with known, familiar faces. But what about other classic characters such as Morpheus, or agent Smith? Lawrence Fishburne told New York Magazine, he had not been invited to join the action this time but gives his blessing to the project. About Agent Smith, actor Hugo Weaving confirmed that although Lana Wachowski approached him. Still, some schedule problems will keep him away from the project.

On one hand, the familiar faces, on the other, the big absences. What’s the icing on the cake? The added stars. Lana Wachowski brought to the Matrix realm some of the big names that worked with her in Cloud Atlas, Sense8, and more. Let’s take a look at who’s onboard so far.

New faces

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II – The rising star from Watchmen and Aquaman is a confirmed member of the cast as well. Will he be playing young Morpheus? That’s what most gossip goes for.

Neil Patrick Harris – Perhaps the biggest surprise is the How I met your mother star who claimed was on board for a significant role. What role is it? That is yet to be seen.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas – The Indian movie star was confirmed as part of the cast, but no further details were given about her role.

Jonathan Groff – Star from Mindhunter and Frozen, has confirmed being part of the cast.

Jessica Henwick – This Marvel star is getting all the cool stuff in geek land. She played an X-Wing pilot in The Force Awakens, a Sand Snake in Game of Thrones, and Collen Wing in the Netflix series Iron Fist. According to The Wrap, she is into the new Matrix movie with a “key role”.

Brian J Smith, Toby Onwumere and Eréndira Ibarra – These familiar faces from Wachowski’s Sense8 will also be present in the last incarnation of Matrix.

The director

Is Lana Wachowski alone?

The Wachowski brothers made some amazing things together but this time Lana is doing the Matrix sequel on her own. Her sister, Lilly seems to have abandoned science fiction for good. She claimed in August 2019 to the TCA that she was no longer interested in the implicit messages (subtext) present in science fiction as a genre.

Her sister is absent and she is taking on the directing role by herself. This doesn´t mean she´s alone. She wrote the script together with David Mitchell, and Aleksander Hemon, coworkers from Sense8. The team of stars is complete with Grant Hill, a long-time collaborator of the Wachowski adventures.

The plot, what we know so far

Let’s see, we know that Neo and Trinity are back in the game. We also know that they died in Matrix Revolutions. This will direct us to a prequel, but when interviewed by the BBC, Keanu Reeves denied this theory stating that it was not a trip to the past. Furthermore, he said that it will be a beautiful love story with lots of action. Moreover, he qualified the script as “too beautiful to turn down” when interviewed by Empire Magazine. We assume this love story is between Neo and Trinity; will the power of love beat death? Yet to be seen.

Can we expect to see a different incarnation of Morpheus? Perhaps a parallel universe? With a Wachowski involved, anything can happen.

Filming

The filming had started on February 4th, 2020 in San Francisco. Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the production was brought to a halt on March 16th. It was Keanu Reeves, through his social media who confirmed that the filming resumed on August 16th in Berlin. The principal photography for the movie was wrapped up by November 11th, 2020. This included the three main locations: Berlin, San Francisco, and Chicago.

The very few leaked scenes are in San Francisco and show Kate Ann Moss (Trinity) onboard a Motorcycle and Keanu Reeves (Neo) riding behind her.

Release date

Warner Bros original release date for Matrix 4 was May 21st, 2021. Due to the pandemic delays, the release was postponed until April 1st, 2022. Still, the latest gossip we could get our hands on said that it will premiere on December 22nd, 2021. The big news, though, is that it will be premiering not only in theatres but also in HBO MAX for all the lucky subscribers.

Trailer

Since the filming wrapped up only two months ago, we should have some months before seeing the first official trailer. Don’t worry, we searched all over for it too; we can’t wait either.

Wrapping up

What can we expect from the new incarnation of The Matrix? Well, we can make some assumptions to consider the resurrection of Neo and Trinity. Perhaps the inclusion of a younger Morpheus, which would mean time-travelling? Or even parallel realities. The truth is that with a Wachowski involved anything can happen.

We, as fans, would love to see Matrix 4 break all the moulds and witness Lana Wachowski, Keanu Reeves, and company revolutionize the movie world again.

Hopefully, they will not let us down.


Thanks for reading about what we know so far about The Matrix 4. Did we miss anything? Are there any rumours you’ve heard? What do you think the plot will be? Leave us a comment below.


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The 9 Greatest Spoof Movies Ever

Aaron Phillips

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There have been so many great spoof movies over the past four decades. So, sit back and buckle up as we countdown the nine greatest spoof movies of all time. And “don’t call me Shirley”.

9. Team America: World Police

Ok, so it’s all-puppet action as opposed to real-life actors, but it’s still up there. Written by the guys behind South Park, it parodies an American counter-terrorism force as they take on global terrorists. As you would expect, there are some cracking scenes throughout the movie. Kim Jong-il singing about being “so roney, so roney” is a highlight that isn’t easily forgotten. You also have to feel sorry for poor old Matt Damon. Although he’s had a glittering film career it’s still hard not to say “Matt Damon” in that monotone way every time you see him on screen. According to writers Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Damon’s puppet looked so vacant that they decided to make his character only able to say his name. Poor Matt. Add in some fantastic one-liners, over-the-top violence and sex scenes with puppets, you have a great film that will make you laugh, and cringe.

8. Blazing Saddles

Mel Brooks is the king of spoof and parody. He’s directed and written many a great spoof over the years, but Blazing Saddles was only his third movie in the director’s chair. This 1974 offering takes the proverbial from all the great western movies from the 40s and 50s. The film throws joke after joke at you, along with anachronisms aplenty. Lead actors Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little also deliver comedic gold performances that help make this film great. Brooks also does a clever job of dealing with racism throughout the movie; something that hadn’t really been done before. One of those moments is where Wilder and Little confront two Klan characters, before stealing their white gowns. Clever, and poignant. It’s also interesting to note that execs wanted to pull the plug before release, but soon realised they got it wrong. It was a financial success and has firmly sealed its place in history as an iconic piece of filmmaking. Not only that, but it’s also still rated very highly on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb today. Just goes to show that a classic stands the test of time.

7. Spaceballs

Yep, our old friend Mel Brooks features again in the director’s chair. This time he delves into the world of sci-fi; more specifically, Star Wars. Although it only made a small profit at the time, it’s gone on to become a cult classic and holds a fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. The key to its success is it’s genuinely funny. The jokes are good enough to make you belly laugh. And the characters are so close to those on Star Wars, it’s amazing George Lucas gave his blessing for it to be made at all. He even went a step further and sent Mel Brooks a note to say he almost fell apart laughing through it. Praise indeed. Brooks’ other golden touch was casting Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet. I think you’ll struggle to find a funnier bad guy. There are also rumours of a sequel, predicted in the film itself as ‘The search for more Money’, although nothing has been greenlit at the moment. We live in hope.

6. Scary Movie

Ok, so there have been five films in the Scary Movie franchise but the first one from 2000 makes our list of spoof movies. Written by Shawn and Marlon Wayans and directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans, it’s definitely a family affair. Although later films parody a wide range of films, this one heavily relies on Scream, and I Know What You Did Last Summer. This works in the film’s favour as you don’t spend the entire movie wondering what film they’re parodying for each joke. You know that Ghostface from Scream is going to feature a lot. And he does. The scene where he gets stoned with a bunch of guys and prank calls people is still funny today. The later films just feel like a collection of forced jokes as they ran out of horror movies to parody. Although it received mixed reviews, it made a monumental profit at the box office.

5. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad

No spoof movies list would be complete without at least one that features the brilliant Leslie Nielson. The Naked Gun, released in 1988, was based on the short-lived TV series from 1982. Created by the legend of deadpan comedy David Zucker, it follows Lt Frank Drebin on his escapades. The original Police Squad series was a spoof of 60s police dramas; particularly M Squad, and The Naked Gun follows the same theme. Plus, it ends with one of the best death scenes in film history with Nielson waving his arms and calmly addressing the crowd with “nothing to see here”. With superb writing and acting, The Naked Gun was released to critical acclaim. It also made a healthy profit at the box office and is often listed as one the greatest comedy films ever made.

4. Hot Shots!

Released in 1991 and directed by Jim Abrahams, Hot Shots! keeps things simple by purely being a spoof of Top Gun. And a very good one it is too. Not only is the writing funny and sharp, but it also has a fantastic cast. Playing the lead roles are Charlie Sheen and Cary Elwes as the two feuding pilots. Both actors are masters of comedic timing and they deliver their lines with razorlike sharpness. The plot revolves around a mission to Iraq, with the added love triangle involving Sheen and Elwes’ characters and a female therapist. This sub-plot lends itself to some genuinely hilarious scenes between the two actors. Credit also has to go to the fantastic Lloyd Bridges. He plays a commander who seems to have had every part of his body replaced due to it being blown off in various battles. His lines in the movie are comedy gold. A great film that hits all its spoof targets with absolute aplomb.

3. Monty Python’s Life of Brian

Written and performed by legendary British comedy troupe Monty Python, Life of Brian had a controversial start. Being a satire of Jesus’ life was always going to cause some angst among some religious communities. In fact, some countries including Ireland and Norway banned it from being shown on release. In some cases that ban the latest decades. Life of Brian is often quoted as one of the greatest comedy films ever made. The writing is as good as you would expect from the Monty Python crew, and the jokes keep coming all the way through. Who can forget the immortal line, “he’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy”. It made a modest box office profit at release but has gone on to earn iconic status. Rotten Tomatoes have it as a 95% certified fresh rating and it’s still raved about today.

2. This is Spinal Tap

This is the film that kicked off a new genre of filmmaking – the mockumentary. Parodying band biopics from the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, it follows fictional band Spinal Tap on their debut American tour. If you’ve ever played in a band – as I do – so much of what’s in this film is true. I can personally attest to getting lost in venues and playing shows where no one turns up. Director Rob Reiner was sending up the pretensions of rock and roll bands and he nailed it. What’s also interesting is the majority of the dialogue throughout the film is improvised. Credit to the actors for pulling off some truly iconic lines. Whether it’s the Stonehenge scene or the legendary amp up to eleven scene, this film has embedded itself in our culture forever. It was only a modest success when it was first released, but its impact has left a lasting impression.

1. Airplane!

Well, we’ve flown; shot and rode our way to number one on our list of spoof movies. Once again, we arrive at a film directed by the dream team of the Zucker brothers and Jim Abrahams. Loosely based on air disaster movies of the 50s and 60s, it follows a plane whose crew are taken out with a sickness bug. Cue disgraced former pilot Ted Striker to save the day. Released in 1980, this was the film that set Leslie Nielson on the path of spoof comedy. He only has a fairly minor role as the doctor, but he delivers some of the best lines in the movie. ‘I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley’, is iconic. Lloyd Bridges also features as the man on the ground at air traffic control and turns in a chaotic but brilliant performance. Upon release, it made a whopping $168 million dollars at the box office and received critical acclaim. It’s also certified fresh at Rotten Tomatoes, along with ranking as one of the best on IMDb. It’s one of those films that make you cry with laughter thanks to clever writing and some fantastic performances. A timeless classic.


That’s our list of the nine greatest spoof movies. Did we miss any? Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.


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Read IMDb information about Airplane! HERE.

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