The long-awaited sequel to The Matrix trilogy has added yet another cast member to its growing roster, announcing Christina Ricci in a currently untitled role.
Ricci’s inclusion was announced in a recent press release from Warner Bros which adds her name alongside series mainstays Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, as well as newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Neil Patrick Harris among others. It’s a cast list that bubbles with eclectic promise, including many relatively unknown actors from around the world, though looking back at the Wachowski sisters’ past work this should come as no surprise.
Christina Ricci has, of course, worked with Lana Wachowski before, collaborating for 2008’s adaptation of Tatsuo Yoshida comic Speed Racer, a dazzling hypnotic display of blinding visuals and bombastic action. Her latest inclusion in the dark, steampunk world of The Matrix makes sense, however, having displayed several brooding characters throughout her career, from 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, to 2006’s Black Snake Moan.
Hoping The Matrix 4 makes a little more sense than their 2008 outing, this one comes without the directorial collaboration of Lana Wachowski’s sister Lilly, though is given some stability by the author David Mitchell who has a hand in the screenplay. Scheduled to premiere on HBO’s new streaming platform, ‘HBO Max’, as well as in theatres on the 22nd of December, The Matrix 4 continues to gather exciting momentum.