Keanu Reeves arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Keanu Reeves arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

'The Matrix' production halted due to coronavirus

By Bang Showbiz Time of article published Mar 17, 2020

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Warner Bros. has also paused production on "The Matrix" reboot after "The Batman" and "Fantastic Beasts 3" were halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The fourth instalment in the blockbuster sci-fi franchise was being filmed in Berlin since the beginning of the month after moving over to Germany from San Francisco.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film has been put on pause due to the outbreak of the respiratory illness - also known as Covid-19.

The move comes as a number of movies have been halted by Warner Bros., including "Fantastic Beasts 3" and "The Batman".

Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith are all set to respective reprise their roles as Neo, Trinity and Niobe in the movie, which is due for release in 2021.

They'll be joined by newcomers Priyanka Chopra, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick and Jonathan Groff.

Yahya is rumoured to be a young Morpheus (who was portrayed by Laurence Fishburne in the original trilogy) whilst Jessica is set to play a Neo-like female character.

Lana Wachowski is also returning to direct the motion picture.

"The Matrix 4" marks a return for the popular franchise.

The original film was released in 1999 with two sequels, "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions" both following in 2003.

However, Hugo Weaving, who played the role of Agent Smith in the first three films, recently confirmed that he will not be featuring as filming clashed with his starring role in the theatre production of "The Visit".

He said: "It's unfortunate but actually I had this offer (for 'The Visit') and then the offer came from 'The Matrix', so I knew it was happening but I didn't have dates. I thought I could do both and it took eight weeks to work out that the dates would work - I held off on accepting a role in 'The Visit' during that time.

"I was in touch with Lana Wachowski, but in the end she decided that the dates weren't going to work. So we'd sorted the dates and then she sort of changed her mind. They're pushing on ahead without me."

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