Christina Ricci has been cast in a Warner Bros. Pictures’ forthcoming The Matrix 4.
Warner Bros. announced the news in a press statement for the highly anticipated next installment in the blockbuster sci-fi action franchise.
Ricci broke into the spotlight as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values as a child performer, and her subsequent work includes lead parts in Sleepy Hollow and Monster.
Her name surfaced in a Warner Bros. press kit for the fourth installment describing the film’s cast, which was noticed by Collider’s eagle-eyed readers.
The 41-year-old actress stars with Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, and Jada Pinkett Smith in the film.
The plot of the film, as well as Ricci’s part, are being kept under wraps. The Matrix 4 will be released in cinemas and on HBO Max on December 22.
“The Matrix” is set in a dystopian future in which man has lost a faraway battle against robots. Humans have subsequently become the machines’ new power source, and a digital environment, The Matrix, was developed to keep their conscious organic batteries sedated. An artificial construct in which people can live out their lives as they would have before machines became the dominating power on Earth was destroyed during the war. The remaining group of free humans dwell in Zion, an underground metropolis, and have been striving to discover “The One,” a type of messiah figure, with the assistance of sympathetic Matrix programs like The Oracle.
Meanwhile, Neil recently acknowledged that the “intimate” shoot of ‘The Matrix 4′ surprised him.
“It didn’t feel large because it felt like she was in her sweet spot, which was filming on the fly, filming using natural light,” the 47-year-old actor said of Lana’s Berlin production.
“Sometimes you’d sit around for an hour waiting for the clouds to clear, and then you’d quickly film. You’d film pages at a time in 30 minutes and then be done.”
Lana Wachowski is directing the film after directing the previous three installments with her sister Lilly Wachowski, and she co-wrote the script with David Mitchell and Aleksander Hemon.
Back in October, actress Jessica Henwick promised that the fourth installment of the sci-fi action movie will “change the industry”
“Lana is doing some really interesting things on a technical level in the same way that you know, she created a style back then,” she explained.
“I think she’s going to change the industry again with this film,” she said, before revealing that the production crew used “never seen before” camera setups.
The R-rated trilogy earned a remarkable $1.6 billion at the global box office, which is likely a key reason Warner Bros. opted to relaunch the series after such a long absence.
Ricci co-wrote and starred in The Wachowskis’ 2008 live-action remake of Speed Racer, in which she played Trixie.
If this next installment is a big hit for Warner Bros., there is a good chance that they will pursue a second trilogy with the new cast members taking the reigns. Ricci was last seen in 2018’s “Distorted” and 2017’s “Z: The Beginning of Everything” series, which she led. Ricci is also scheduled to appear in “50 States of Fright” and “Percy” later this year.