Keanu Reeves' Neo was a hero whose mission was to save mankind and to fight against machines dominating a world of virtual reality Photo: AFP/File

'Matrix 4' announced with Keanu Reeves to return as Neo

By Valerie MACON

Sci-fi franchise "The Matrix" will return for a fourth film with Keanu Reeves reprising his role as kung fu-kicking, shades-wearing hero Neo, studio Warner Bros said Tuesday.

Lana Wachowski will helm the project, returning to write, direct and produce the latest installment of the hugely popular series about humans trapped in a virtual reality by machines, which has netted more than $1.6 billion worldwide.

"We could not be more excited to be re-entering 'The Matrix' with Lana," studio chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement sent to AFP.

"Lana is a true visionary -- a singular and original creative filmmaker," he added.

Lana and her sister Lilly -- who were formerly known as the Wachowski brothers, Andy and Larry, before switching gender -- directed the original trilogy.

Warner Bros did not specify if the new film would be a direct sequel, saying only that it was "set in the world of 'The Matrix'," and did not give a release date.

The original films followed a band of rebels who battled intelligent machines in a future where humans are enslaved within the Matrix -- a virtual reality that resembles the contemporary world.

Reeves' Neo was a hero on a mission to save mankind.

The dark fantasy featured a mix of pseudo-eastern philosophy and Western mythology, spectacular fight scenes and lavish special effects.

"Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now," said Lana Wachowski.

"I'm very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends."

Carrie-Anne Moss will also return to her role as Trinity, the studio said Tuesday.

The original film turns 20 this year, with special screenings planned in the US later this month.

The third film in the series, "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003), was the first film to be released simultaneously around the world at the same hour.

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Got this and kill the Irishman to lookforward to! Nice!

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Great news. I’ll be looking forward to this.

I always get a few heads jerking back when I proclaim the Matrix is one of the greatest love stories of all time.

Invalid CSRF

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The Wachowski brothers are now the Wachowski sisters.

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The Wachowski brothers are now the Wachowski sisters.

Isn't it just one of them?

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Nice first he was announced as a character in the open world Blader Runner inspired RPG the whole gaming community is waiting for, Cyberpunk 2077, and now Keany Reevew will return as Neo in The Matrix 4.

Good times ahead!

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I'm more looking foward to Keanu returning as Ted in Bill and Ted Face the Music.

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Be excellent and party on!

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Isn't it just one of them?

No, they both did it.

Regardless of the director's life choices, if Keanu is coming back, this could be good.

Or it could be another underground rave scene. Could go either way.

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Thanks extanker. Wow... Shows how much attention I pay... Last time I saw an interview with the two of them, only one had been through the change but that just have been a few years ago because I just checked and it was 2016 when the other had completed the transition.

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Their first Matrix movies they were men. Now they are women with womens perspective.

Never in the anals of Hollywood has this occurred before.

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